Mo. House OKs Changes to Sex Offender Registry
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House members have endorsed legislation allowing some sex offenders to be removed from the state registry.
Several offenses, such as promoting obscenity, no longer would require registration. In other cases, people could petition a state trial judge to be removed from the state registry.
Petitions could be filed after 20 years for those convicted of particularly serious offenses, such as forcible rape, forcible sodomy or child molestation. People convicted of other sex offenses would need to wait 10 years before petitioning.
Requests for removal are to be granted unless a person has failed to register, committed another offense requiring registration or failed to completed probation and sex offender treatment programs.
The Republican-led House endorsed the legislation by voice vote Tuesday. It needs another vote before moving to the Senate.