I know in NJ, all I have to do is google NJ sex offender registry and it comes right up. I can search for a specific individual, check geographic areas, such as the town I live in, etc. I don't think all States have this, but many do. So, the answer is yes.
But I've got to say, you're instinct is your best pal when looking to personally meet someone you met on-line. I did it many years ago when I was actively dating and met some really great people, but I always made sure to meet in public places, have my own transportation, let someone know where I was, etc. Safety was my first priority and it needs to be yours as well. Being open to meeting new people is great, but putting yourself in harm's way should never be the price you pay for it.
Thanx Trish, i'll try that...and good advice with the other things as well.
I usually do take those precautions...it's still scary though. I got kind of creeped out a while back...a guy i dated who wasn't into me was explaining to me about how sometimes the chemistry just isn't there...said he was "with" an 8 y o boy once who was "cute as hell", but "the chemistry just wasn't there".
I didn't know what to say. It just freaked me out. I was so glad when he left. He didn't admit to actually doing anything with a child, so there wouldn't have been any point to taking any action (other than not seeing him again, obviously.) I don't know if a registry search would have screened him out or not but it well might have.
Thanx for the tips!