Sex offenders in Missouri can now petition for registry removal

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, August 28 2018 Aug 28, 2018 Tuesday, August 28, 2018 6:46:00 PM CDT August 28, 2018 in News
By: Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Starting Tuesday, Missouri law will allow sex offenders to petition for their removal from the state registry list.

Governor Parson signed Senate Bill 655 in July and it goes into effect Tuesday. The new provision also creates a tier system that would categorize the intensity of the crime.

Boone County Sheriff's Department Major Tom Reddin said even though Tuesday is when the law goes into effect, he estimates it could be months, even a year, before any sex offenders get removed from the list, if any at all.

"It does not mean people are going to be automatically be dropped from the list," Reddin said. 

He said the offender would have to be compliant for 15 years before the offender can start a petition to the court.

One Columbia mom, Molly Myer, said while she believes in second chances, sex offenders are a different story.

"I also believe there are some acts that can cause more harm, and are greater in nature than others," Myer said.

She said this reminds her of what she teaches her kids about consequences, they can stick with you forever.

Reddin said parents shouldn't be concerned because the process for removal won't be easy to do.

"The court has to order it, it can't just be a matter of 'Hey, I've been good for this period of time take me off the list,' there has to be a court finding and an order to remove somebody," Reddin said.

One Columbia therapist, Ric Doubet, used to work for the Department of Corrections dealing with sex offenders. He said most sex offenders he's worked with were usually sexually abused themselves.

"Perverse sexual appetite is not natural, trauma creates a shock and a whole 'nother circuit," Doubet said.

Doubet said he doesn't see sex offenders truly changing.

"They can abstain from these actions, but not truly change," Doubet said.

Reddin argues the registry is not protecting anyone anyway - it's an information tool.

"The reality is the registry doesn't protect anyone at all," Reddin said. "If sex offenders are going to act, they're going to do so,"

Myer said in the 21st century the public wants this information and sex offenders shouldn't be allowed to remove sex offender from their history.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - On Wednesday morning the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released an update to global land and ocean... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:49:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in Climate
MEXICO – A vape business owner defended their products after Governor Mike Parson released his ‘Clean the Air’ campaign Tuesday.... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:11:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Police chased a person through Columbia Wednesday night after they said the suspect failed to pull over for... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 8:07:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit Wednesday of the Insurance Dedicated Fund and the Insurance Examiners'... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:48:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Sharp End Heritage Committee unveiled seven new markers Wednesday that will be placed on the African American... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:48:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against Cory Mincey and Puppy Love Kennel of Dallas... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:48:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - In an effort to decrease the number of suicides across the state, a non-profit group is teaming up... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:45:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A Tuscumbia man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for failure... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:42:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Three former Cole County Emergency Medical Services employees filed lawsuits against the county on Monday, claiming discrimination... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:33:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for Missouri American Water customers in Jefferson City after... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:16:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Pennsylvania law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Hy-Vee. The lawsuit comes after the grocery... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:31:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:05:35 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLE COUNTY - A St. Thomas man is dead after a tractor crash Tuesday evening. According to the Missouri... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:53:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - New trail markers identifying places of interest in the African American community are coming to the downtown Columbia... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:53:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The local segment of a national student film competition called "Campus Movie Fest" (CMF) is starting Wednesday at... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:52:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia school district is investigating after a racist image imitating the web site of Columbia's Gentry Middle... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:24:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) is investigating a sexual assault that happened over the weekend near... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:53:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Twelve Democratic presidential candidates took stage Tuesday night in Ohio while mid-Missouri viewers watched on television. The debate... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:44:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
2am 40°
3am 39°
4am 39°
5am 39°