Sex Offender Photographs Online

Sex Offender Photographs Online
By: CJ Cassidy

S

ome
M
issouri sheriffs are turning up the heat on convicted sex offenders.

Starting A
ugust 28th
,
certain departments across the state will post photographs of offenders who
have completed their sentences.

T
hose photos will be on individual sheriff's department's web sites.

We

spoke with a woman whos
e
young daughter was sexually abused, as well as a sex offender
;
they had very different views on the issue
,
and only agreed to talk to us if we would protect their identities.

"M

y stepdaughter was left alone with a family member and he molested her
,"
victim
L
yn
S
tockton's
says.

Her

story sounds disturbingly similar to the one
another
man shared with me
,
except in his case he was the offender
.

"I

made a mistake
. I
touched a person in the wrong way
," the offender says and admits the victim was a child, and a family member.

T
he offenders were punished in both instances
,
but
Stock
ton says a prison sentence alone isn't enough when child molesters and pedophiles are concerned.

"Y

ou hear on the news all the time
that
people kidnap children
. Those
are repeat offenders
, and
they are people already registered in system still doing it
," she says.

L
t.
D
avid
J
ames at the
C
ape
G
irardeau
County S
heriff's
D
epartment agrees.
H
e hopes posting offenders photographs online
,
will help make a difference.

"H

aving photographs will help with facial recognition
. We're also
working on
setting up links so that when you
click photographs
you c
ome up with addresses of where these offenders live
," James says.

T
he measure terrifies th
e
former offender.

"W

hen you tell people you're convicted of a felony
, it's
hard enough to get a job
,
then they put your picture online that's impossible ther
e," the man says, adding "
a person can change
you know, I did."

M
eanwhile
L
yn
S
tockton's just glad she can keep track of offenders in her area without ever leaving her home.

"I

think it's gonna make people more aware they need to protect their childre
n," she says.

A
few counties in
S
outheast
M
issouri plan on posting those photos
.

S
everal others say they're considering it.

T
he
M
issouri
H
ighway
P
atrol also hopes to have photographs of offenders listed on their web site
.