Being on the Missouri sex offender registry is a serious impediment to living a normal life. Often, when a person subject to sex offender registration moves to a smaller community, not only are the person's new neighbors notified, but the relocation makes the local news.
A New London, Missouri, man who was convicted of a sex crime 29 years ago has been arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
People in Missouri who are on the state's sex offender registry find it difficult to lead a normal life. Having to publicly register for crimes that may have happened decades ago can lead to difficulty finding work, harassment from neighbors and trouble when it comes to child custody issues.
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.
A Missouri man has lost his Section 8 housing voucher because of a sexual assault conviction nearly 30 years ago. The man, now 50 years old, was convicted in 1983 when he lived in a different state. After serving time in prison, he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri, and applied for Section 8 housing assistance, which is provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.