Audit: 93% of Missouri sex offenders registered

By Holly Brantley - email

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - According to a state audit, 93 percent of sex offenders in Missouri are following the rules.

Out of 10549 offenders in Missouri, the audit says 744 failed to update their information with law enforcement.

"The safety of young people," said Julia Meiners, assistant Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney. "That's why it's important for them to register so that the community is aware."

Meiners specializes in making sure sex offenders in Cape County register walk the line.

She says the report from auditor Susan Montee is encouraging for law enforcement.

"I think it's great," said Meiners. "I can say I have not seen as many cases of individuals failing to come register come across my desk."

In Cape County, 110 of 128 are registered. That means 14 percent are not registered.

"Media attention has a lot to do with it," said Meiners. "Stricter penalties also contribute. In Cape County if they fail to report jail time is the appropriate punishment. A lot of that 7 percent is losing track of where people move and not updating addresses. Some people think they'll just fly under the radar and won't be caught."

In Missouri, several counties like Wayne and Ste. Genevieve have 100 percent of sex offenders in compliance.

Check out your county's stats.  They are listed on the last two pages of this report.

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