Missouri Sex Offender Registry
Laws and Regulations for Missouri Sexual Offenders
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.
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MO Sexual Offenses
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
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Missouri
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
When are sex offenders required to register?
The general rule is three days, according to § 589.400 MRS. This can mean within three days of a conviction, three days of release from incarceration or three days from moving into the state of Missouri.
Do out-of-state offenders have to register if they move to Missouri?
Yes. People who are required to register as sex offenders in other states who move to Missouri must register within three days of moving to Missouri. Even if you only live in Missouri part-time (such as students or individuals who live in Missouri part of the year for business), you must register in Missouri as a sex offender. As long as an offender lives in Missouri seven days out of the year, they must register.
How often do offenders have to verify registration?
Convicted sex offenders must complete semi-annual registration. In other words, twice a year convicted sex offenders will have to verify the information on their registration profile. The first verification takes place within the offender’s birth month- the second takes place six months after that. Some offenders must verify registration every 90 days.
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