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Sex offenders’ information posted online

Tuesday, December 9, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:09 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

A list of registered sex offenders living in Boone County is now available online.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has made the names, addresses and nature of the offender’s crime available to the public for several years. But last week, the department began posting the information on its Web site.

“We’ve been talking about doing it for a while,” said Detective Andy Anderson.

A comprehensive report

The list includes convictions from July 1, 1979, to the present. A state law that took effect in 1995 requires those convicted of a felony sex crime or a misdemeanor sex crime involving a child to register, as well as those found guilty of kidnapping, child abuse or prostitution involving children. Children are considered to be anyone 17 or under, Anderson said.

Keeping it updated

Offenders are required to register with the sheriff’s department within 10 days of their release from jail, or, if no jail term was imposed, within 10 days of their conviction. The sheriff’s department also maintains photographs and fingerprints of registered offenders.

Offenders are required by law to verify their registration in person once a year and notify the department of any change of address. Those who committed an offense against a child must come in even more often — every 90 days.

Flaws remain

Every effort is made to keep the list updated and accurate, Anderson said, but some offenders fail to register or keep their information updated. A first-time offense for failing to register or maintaining accurate information in the registry is a misdemeanor; a subsequent offense is a felony. Anderson said he has seen several arrests over the years for failure to register.

“We take it pretty seriously,” he said.

A link to the list of registered sex offenders is available at www.showmeboone.com.


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