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Man's arrest reveals pitfalls of Missouri sex offender registry

Being listed on the Missouri sex offender registry undoubtedly has a lasting negative effect on a person's life. Employers may be unwilling to hire and landlords may be reluctant to rent to individuals who are required to take part in sex offender registration.

Another problem is that a listed person's ability to relocate may be severely curtailed. This effect was demonstrated recently when a man was arrested in another state for failure to register as a sex offender. Police say that the man moved out of Missouri without notifying authorities that he left the state.

In addition to police reports that indicate that the man allegedly moved out of Missouri completely, authorities claim he gave officials in the new state a false name to avoid incarceration.

First, it should be pointed out that there may be more to the story than what was offered by investigators. In some cases, notifications are misplaced or improperly filed by the authorities in Missouri. It also may be the case that an individual did not actually intend to move, but may be temporarily out of the area. Whatever the case, more details will become apparent once this man's case makes it to court.

This case also shows the benefits to getting removed from the state sex offender registry if possible. In today's slow economy, it is better to have the freedom to relocate quickly if a job opportunity opens up in another geographical area. Having to submit to the bureaucracy of post-conviction registration may limit the freedom to accept valuable job opportunities.

There have been some changes to sex offender registration laws in the past several years. Experienced advocates in this field are able to analyze a particular case to see if a person is eligible to have their name removed from the registry. If this appears to be a plausible scenario, the proper actions can then be taken, including court action, to seek the removal.

Source: WAFF-TV News, "Investigators arrest 2 sex offenders in Lawrence County," July 24, 2012

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