Sorry for misinterpreting what you were saying. You are right. When the public hears “registered sex offender” they lump the whole crowd in with those who have molested prepubescent children.
Before getting an up-close and personal encounter with the registry, I always assumed it was designed to be reserved ONLY for child molesters. (BTW, I was one, which landed me on the registry. I sexually abused a 5-year-old boy.) Before getting caught and prosecuted, I had always assumed the registry was meant to track child molesters; not every other kind of “sexual” offender known to man.
After all, the registry, from inception, was touted as a measure to track convicted child molesters and inform the public of our (child molesters’) whereabouts so people would know not to let their children anywhere near us.