Sex Offender Registration
Establishment of the Sex Offender Registry
U.S. Department of Justice statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime. Statistics also show that 67% of sexual assaults have victims under the age of 18.
Almost two-thirds of all sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of statistics. 2007)
Missouri implemented its own statewide Sex Offender Registration program in January 1995 in accordance to standards set by the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.
Currently, all 50 states have a registration and tracking system in place. Missouri requirements allow for the collection of DNA samples from registered offenders and then stores this information in a DNA database. This collection is performed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Crime Lab.
When Must an Offender Register (589.400)
Within three (3) days of conviction, release from incarceration, or placed on probation the offender must register in person with the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO)
Within three (3) days of moving into state
An offender must complete a statement of registration and submit fingerprints with the CLEO of the county of where they expect to reside. (Reside is defined by section 566.147 RSMo, as sleeps in a residence which may include more than one location and may be mobile or transitory)
- Within three (3) days of completing the offender registration card, the CLEO should submit the offender registration information to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Criminal Records and Identification Division.
- The CLEO is responsible for informing any institution of higher education when an offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is enrolled as a student there.
- The registration requirements of Section 589.400 through 589.425 are lifetime registration requirements unless all offenses requiring registration are reversed, vacated or set aside, the registrant is pardoned of the offenses requiring registration, or petitions are filed and granted with the court under the appropriate circumstances.
- For processing an initial sex offender registration, the chief law enforcement officer of the county may charge the offender registering a fee of up to ten ($10) dollars (589.400.4), and for any processing change pursuant to section 589.400.5, the CLEO of the county may charge the person changing their registration a fee of five ($5) dollars for each change made after the initial registration.
What Information must the Offender Provide (589.407)
- Name, date of birth and SSN #
- Alias names and alias dates of birth
- Physical Description of offender (i.e. age, sex, race, height, and weight.)
- Addresses: home, work, school, temporary address
- Any photographs: required one per year
- Vehicle: year, make, model, color, license plate, license state of any vehicle owned or operated by the offender
- Nature and dates of offenses
- Release Date
- Photocopy of driver's license or nondriver's identification card
- Document verifying proof of residency
- Photocopy of vehicle registration for each of the offender's vehicles
- Any online identifying information he or she uses. *
- Palm prints and a DNA sample
* Such information shall be made available to the public on the sex offender registry website, but only through specific searches using the online identifier. The information will not be included in the general profile of the offender. (43.651)