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Registry Re-Vamped

Date: October 23, 2006
By: Hillari Duthoo
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Governor Blunt unveils an addition Sex Offender Registry.  Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from Jefferson City.

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Governor Blunt unveiled an upgrade to the state sex offender registry.

Offenders names were already accessible online.

But now information includes any aliases, photos, address, a physical description and the nature of the offense. 

Inquirers can even see the offender's location with the site's street map function.

Senator Matt Bartle of Lee's Summit sposored a bill last spring to rework the list.

He says offenders may have served their time but they will still have to re-register every time they move or change appearance.

 

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Description: "You better remain compliant, because if you're not, we're going to note that on the registry and others around you are going to know that you're not compliant -- we're probably going to get you."
 
He says those currently on the registry who have not re-offended for ten years are now able to petition to be removed. 
 
From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.
 
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Intro: Governor Blunt showed off a more comprehensive version of the state online sex offender registry.  Hillari Duthoo (DOO-thoh) has more from Jefferson City.
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Children all across the state will go door-to-door on Halloween.

In some cases, these doors belong to total strangers.

Parents can now use the more comprehensive online sex offender registry to keep their kids safe from potential predators.

The governor unveiled the online site which boasts new features like offenders' addresses, physical characteristics, any body piercings, tattoos, scars, and even a map of where they live.

Captain Tim McGrail of the Highway Patrol says that this time last year, he saw a spike in the number of hits the site had.

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Description: "Children like to cover a lot of area especially at Halloween time, and those are areas that maybe parents aren't totally familiar with, and they may be out searching particularly neighborhoods to see if there is a sex offender who lives there."

Because of a court restriction, the site will only show those offenders convicted after 1995.

From the state Capitol, I'm Hillari Duthoo.