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Pictures added to registered sex offender Web site

FARMINGTON – The St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department Web site now has pictures of county residents who are registered sex offenders.

The photographs were posted on the Web site, located at http://www.sfcsd.org, at the beginning of this month. The offenders are listed by categories of offenses.

Gov. Matt Blunt passed a law this year which allows sheriff’s offices to post photographs of convicted sex offenders on the Internet. The new law also allows sheriffs to redesign their Web sites to let users search for offenders by address and other information.

Sheriff Dan Bullock said he believes having the photos online will be a good thing because people that had access to the names in the past will now have faces to go along with them.

Most of the names that are listed have a mug shot of the individual below them. Bullock said eventually they will have all the photos after all of the sex offenders come in to re-register.

The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department have begun posting pictures of registered sex offenders on their Web sites. The offenders are listed alphabetically.

There is also a complete list of sex offenders who are registered in Missouri on the Missouri State Highway Patrol Web site at http:// www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/ MSHPWeb/ Root/ index.html. Searches can be done by name, street, city, county, or zip code.

Photos of sex offenders aren’t posted at that site at this time but the highway patrol hopes to have them posted by Oct. 1.

The highway patrol has a link to county Web sites at http:// www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/ MSHPWeb/ PatrolDivisions/ CRID/ SOR/ CLEOPage.html but not every sheriff’s department has a Web site.

The Park Hills City Web site has a link to another Web site, which offers free nationwide sex offender mapping. The site is located at http:/ www.mapsexoffenders.com. At the Web site, visitors can type in their address and view a map which shows where sex offenders live in their zip code.

Sheriffs are required to keep a list of offenders’ names, addresses and the crimes for which they are registered.

Sexual offenders must register with the county when they move or change their names. They also must register with the county every 90 days or every year.

A person giving false information when registering or a person who fails to register could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor or a Class D felony.

There is a long list of people who must register as sex offenders. The list includes people who (since July 1, 1979) have pleaded guilty to rape, sodomy, sexual assault or any type of a sexual crime.

The list also includes those who have been convicted of kidnapping, promoting prostitution, incest, abuse of a child, or promoting sexual performance by a child – if the victim is under the age of 18 at the time of offense.

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