Missouri auditor finds improvement in sex offender list

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 11:27 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri has done a better job getting sex offenders to register, but still has work to do to comply with federal requirements.

Auditor Susan Montee found that 7 percent of Missouri sex offenders had not complied with state registration requirements through March. A state audit in 2002 found that 36 percent of sex offenders did not comply.

Montee released her audit of the sex offender registration program on Wednesday. Generally, it found improvement from a review eight years ago. But the audit said Missouri — like most states — has not yet complied with federal sex offender requirements. Missouri's deadline is July 2011.

Missouri started its sex offender registry in 1995. Since then, it has been expanded to cover more offenses and provide additional information.

More details will be available later today.

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