Rules & Regulations for Sex Offenders in Missouri
Who is required to register as a sex offender?
In January of 1995, the Missouri Sex Offender Registry was created as a way for the general public to gain access to available information about convicted sexual offenders. Consequently, anyone convicted of a felony sex crime is required to submit his or her personal information, often including a DNA sample, to the MSHP.
The same requirements are imposed on individuals who plead guilty to committing a sex crime. The information provided to highway patrol is then made available to the public through an online database. According to the Missouri Revised Statutes §589.400, a person can be required to register as a sex offender if he or she has committed or attempted to commit any of the following criminal offenses:
- Child sex trafficking
- Statutory rape / statutory sodomy
- Sexual contact with a student
- Child molestation
- Kidnapping a child
- Felonious restrain of a child
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- Promoting child pornography
- Sexual exploitation of a minor
§589.425 - Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
According to Missouri Code §589.425, failure to register as a sex offender is a Class D felony. If, however, the individual has been convicted of an offense in Chapter 566, which is a Class A or B felony, an unclassified felony, or a felony involving a child under the age of 14, the failure to register would be considered a Class C felony. This means that a person who is convicted could face anywhere between four to seven years in prison for violating this law.
Common Questions About Sex Offender Registration
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