JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's Sex Offender Registry is now accessible by the public via the Internet.
According to Colonel Roger D. Stottlemyre, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Sex Offender Registry is located on the Patrol's Criminal Records and Identification Division Web page.
To view the online Sex Offender Registry, the public can locate the Patrol's home site at: www.mshp.dps.mo.gov, and simply select the Sex Offender Registry tab from the MSHP homepage banner. The list will provide a view of the registered sex offenders by county, zip code, or name.
Offenders are required to register in the county in which they reside, but whose offense(s) are not considered sexual in nature, will be excluded from the Web page. (Examples falling under this qualification are kidnapping, abuse of a child, and felonious restraint.) Any citizen desiring a complete list of all offenders in a particular county may do so by contacting the sheriff within the given county.
The Patrol, Stottlemyre said, expects a vast number of persons to initially be interested in viewing the Criminal Records and Identification Division Web page. This interest may cause a delay in accessing the Sex Offender Registry.
For now, the Web page will have limited capabilities officials said and will be offered in this format only, until such time as appropriations are dedicated to allow for enhancements to the system. It is anticipated that the Web page will include photographs and search mapping (mile radius) capabilities in the future. Once appropriated funds are available, the Patrol will work diligently to create and implement a sex offender web page that fulfills statutory expectations, Stottlemyre added.