New Sex Offender Laws in Moniteau County
The Moniteau County Sheriff's Department will being checking in on registered sex offenders soon. New statutes passed in 2004 require every county in Missouri to do a check every year.
"We're just taking the entire list of sex offenders in the county and checking their residences, Sheriff J. Gump said, "Making sure that they are not within 1000 feet of a child care center or school."
The sheriff will take the final list to the county prosecutor. Right now, the sheriff has 26 registered sex offenders to check.
The point of these checks is to protect children that go to school like this one, from the most possible harm.
But there's one big exception to the new rule. The prosecutor can't go after any sex offender who's lived in a house since before a nearby school or child care center opened.
Even with the exception, parents say the extra sense of security comforts them.
"For the hours of the day that they are away from home, why would you not want to be concerned with their safety," parent Donna Birdsong said.
Moniteau county plans on checking in with the sex offenders at the end of each year.