Under the provisions set forth in Section 589 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is mandated the responsibility of registering certain convicted sex offenders who live, work or attend school in Jackson County Missouri. The task of the registration process and enforcement is assigned to the Sex Offender Registration Enforcement Unit.
The registered offenders are required to report to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in person to update their registration information. If an offender’s victim is less than 18 years of age, if the offender has ever been convicted of failing to register, or if the officer has been deemed a persistent or predatory offender, the offender must report to the Sheriff’s Office every 90 days and during the month of his/her birth. If the victim is over 18 years of age, the offender must report to the Sheriff’s Office every six months and during the month of his/her birth.
There is zero tolerance for non-compliant offenders. If the offender fails to report to the Sheriff when required to do so, this Unit will begin a process to contact the offender to bring the offender into compliance. This process includes, but is not limited to, contacting the offender (residence and work), sending the offender a non-compliance notification letter, requesting local authorities contact the offender, making contact with known associates or family members of the offender, and checking with detention facilities to determine if the offender is incarcerated.
When these efforts do not bring positive results, a detective is assigned to prepare a case against the offender to present to the Prosecutor's Office for the filing of criminal charges for Failure to Register. Detectives investigate reports of any offender reporting inaccurate/untruthful information, as well as other reports of an offender being in violation of the registration requirements. In some cases, the US Marshals are contacted regarding offenders resulting in the offenders being prosecuted at a federal level for non-compliance.
In addition to locating non-compliant offenders, this Unit investigates reports of any offender residing within 1000 feet of a school or childcare facility. If it is determined an offender is in violation of this law, the offender is given 10 business days to relocate before the violation is submitted to the Prosecutor's Office for filing of criminal charges, after the appropriate investigation is conducted.
Knowledge is the first line of defense in protecting our children and adults alike from sexually based offenses. Accurate, detailed information about convicted sex offenders and their whereabouts is paramount when trying to create a safe environment in which we work, live and play. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity they observe to their local authorities and to report any information about an offender whose name is on the sex offender list to the S.O.R.E. Unit.