Sex offender known to evade police returns to local neighborhood


by Lauren Trager / News 4

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 8:33 AM

 (KMOV) --A dangerous sex offender known to skip town and go off the grid is back in the St. Louis area. Parents came to News 4 demanding to know why they were not notified he was back in their neck of the woods.

Missouri law does not require law enforcement to notify a neighborhood when a sex offender moves in or out.

So when News 4 found out this serial offender was back on the streets, Lauren Trager went looking for him

But even though the camera was rolling as a car pulled up inside, no one would answer the door at the listed address for sex offender Joel Weinman, guilty of child porn and sexual misconduct.

In August, Weinman was discovered at a home in the Chesterfield area. He’d evaded police for years, even had a fake drivers license.  But he wasn’t back behind bars for long, posting a $100,000 cash bond.

Neighbors wish they’d been made aware he was back on the streets.

“He’s obviously a flight risk and who knows where he’s setting up shop again,” said Ann Bugg.

But St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough says the sex offender registry online is enough to keep people informed.

“So at this time you don’t think it’s necessary for police to say, hand out a pamphlet to every neighbor?” asked News 4 Reporter Lauren Trager. “I don’t think so the police have a lot to do, the county has a lot to do and all the departments do,” said McCulloch.

Still, they’ll be keeping an extremely close eye on him.

“I am always concerned; he’s disappeared in the past,” said McCulloch.

Weinman is scheduled to be in front of a judge.