Most people who serve prison time in Missouri are considered to have paid their debt to society when their term expires. This is not usually true, however, of sex offenders. Many of them must register with a state sex offender registry, which in Missouri has more than 12,000 names on it. People convicted of sex offenses have a hard time getting a job, finding a place to live -- in short, getting through life like a normal person.
An Missouri elementary school teacher who was once recognized as the local Teacher of the Year was suspended from his job last month and is dealing with a second set of accusations of sexual abuse. The 33-year-old man, who taught second grade in Grain Valley, Missouri, was charged with four counts of child molestation after the alleged victims came forward to police. The teacher is currently jailed on a $250,000 bond.
People who are charged with child pornography crimes are almost instantly assumed to be guilty by many in their community. Readers in Missouri need to look no further than comments posted to online articles about arrests that have been made to see the general attitude people have about suspects in child pornography crimes.
A man from Marysville, Missouri, who was scheduled to go to trial this week for his alleged participation in sexually explicit online chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl instead pleaded no contest to the charges. The man was in fact chatting with a St. Charles County Cyber Crime detective posing as an underage girl.