WVC 15 - 13 - 1
§15-13-1. Intent and findings.
(a) It is the intent of this article to assist law-enforcement
agencies' efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect by
requiring persons convicted of child abuse or neglect to register
with the State Police detachment in the county of his or her
residence and to report information as required by section two of
this article. It is not the intent of the Legislature that this
act be used to inflict retribution or additional punishment on any
person convicted of any offense requiring registration under this
article. This article is intended to be regulatory in nature and
not penal, and is intended to provide for the safety of children
who are exposed to persons convicted of child abuse and neglect.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that there is a
compelling and necessary public interest that children be protected
from physical abuse and neglect, and that requirements of this
article are appropriate and reasonable because of this compelling
(c) The Legislature also finds and declares that persons
required to register for committing child abuse or neglect pursuant
to this article have a reduced expectation of privacy because of
the state's interest in public safety.