There are many types of sex offenders, from those who commit child sexual abuse to rape, and there may be one living near you. Thankfully, many states like Texas have rolled out legislation to closely monitor sex offenders. One of the forms of monitoring is the Sex Offender Registry. In most cases, the registry shows the actual residence of the offender, as well as name, picture and offense. This may be good information to know before purchasing a new home or for peace of mind for the place you currently live.