Sunday, June 18, 2006
From Charlotte.com: Authorities have lost track of at least 22 convicted sex offenders in Mecklenburg County and hundreds more across the Carolinas, exposing gaps in the states' sex-offender registry laws.
The registry is supposed to warn the public where rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders live. But law enforcement agencies acknowledge that hundreds of offenders do not notify local sheriff's offices where they live and when they move.
N.C. lawmakers were already considering toughening how the state monitors sex offenders, including a proposal that would require some offenders to wear a tracking device, before the recent slaying of a Clemson University student renewed attention to the tracking laws.
At least 100,000 of the estimated 600,000 sex offenders nationally don't notify law enforcement agencies of their whereabouts as required by states' laws, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Full Article. . . [Mark Godsey]