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Contract Series Paragraph 19

George Clements ~ Greenville, SC Real Estate


Paragraph 19 of the Contract For Sale deals with Megan's Law and looks something like this:


19. MEGAN’S LAW : The Purchaser and Seller agree the Listing and Selling Brokers and their agents are not
responsible for obtaining or disclosing any information contained in the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
This information may be obtained from the local sheriff’s department or other appropriate law enforcement


This paragraph is basically saying that it is the purchaser's responsibility to see if there are sex offenders in the area and not the responsibility of the agents involved.  It explains that the SC sex offender registry can be obtained through the sheriff's office.  

Here is a paragraph explaining Megan's Law taken from Wikipidiea:


Megan's Law is an informal name for laws in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. Individual states decide what information will be made available and how it be disseminated. Commonly included information includes the offender's name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of crime. The information is often displayed on free public websites, but can be published in newspapers, distributed in pamphlets, or through various other means.

At the federal level, Megan's Law is known as the Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994 and requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody (prison, psychiatric facility). The notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time - usually at least ten years - or permanently.

Some states may legislate registration for all sex crimes, even if no minors were involved. It is a felony in most jurisdictions to fail to register or fail to update information.


Comment balloon 0 commentsGeorge Clements • April 01 2008 03:26PM