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Any criminal charge is serious, but sexual crimes follow those who commit them for the rest of their lives. These famous sex offenders are all on record for their offenses. Some famous athletes have been convicted of sexual assault, and several reality television stars have spent time in prison for abusing under-age victims. Tragically, many of these famous registered sex offenders targeted young children.

Who will you find on this list of celebrity sex offenders? Boxer Mike Tyson served three years in jail for raping a woman in 1992. He had to register as a sex offender when he traveled to Tennessee to fight Lennox Lewis in 2002. Jeffrey Jones, perhaps best known for his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, pled no contest to a felony charge of paying a 14-year-old boy to pose for explicit photos in 2003. He was sentenced to five years probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender. Other famous people who are registered sex offenders include Gary Glitter, Paul Reubens, and Jerry Sandusky.

Are you shocked that so many celebrities have been charged and convicted of sex crimes? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Roman Polański is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 People You May Not Realize Are Registered Sex Offenders
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In 1977, Roman Polanski took a plea deal for "unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor," but he fled the United States before final sentencing. The U.S. has filed for extradition numerous times, but the director has avoided returning to the country for decades.

Age: 83

Birthplace: Île-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Film Director

Credits: The Pianist, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, The Ghost Writer

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 People You May Not Realize Are Registered Sex Offenders
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Boxer Mike Tyson served three years in jail for raping a woman in 1992. He had to register as a sex offender when he traveled to Tennessee to fight Lennox Lewis in 2002.

Age: 50

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer

Credits: Tyson, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, Rocky Balboa

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Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 People You May Not Realize Are Registered Sex Offenders
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In 2012, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys. He was also mandated to register as a sex offender should he ever be released from prison.

Age: 73

Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: American Football coach, Coach

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 People You May Not Realize Are Registered Sex Offenders
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Tupac Shakur was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing a fan in 1995. The rapper admitted to having a sexual relationship with the woman, but he claimed that it was consensual.

Age: Died at 25 (1971-1996)

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Training Day, 8 Mile

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