Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old
Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a twice convicted sexual offender who
had moved in across the street from the Kankas--without their knowledge. Megan's parents embarked on a national crusade to
change federal and state laws to allow for community notification of released sex offenders. Kentucky's version of Megan's
Law went into effect on January 15, 1999.
Kentucky's version of Megan's Law has undergone some changes since its inception. The changes have created a database of
sexual offenders. What began as a community notification system has evolved into an online information source.
Kentucky State Police now hosts the Sex Offender Registry that lists all sex offenders that have registered in the state of Kentucky. You may search this site by offender name, city,
county, or a combination search. Please feel free to search this site for an offender in your area.