Hundreds of Missouri sex offenders not registering with the state - KMOV.com

Hundreds of Missouri sex offenders not registering with the state

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri has done a better job getting sex offenders to register, but still has work to do to comply with federal requirements.

Auditor Susan Montee found 7 percent of Missouri sex offenders had not complied with state registration requirements through March. A state audit in 2002 found that 36 percent of sex offenders did not comply.

Montee released her audit of the sex offender registration program Wednesday. Generally, it found improvement from a review eight years ago. But the audit said Missouri -- like most states -- has not yet complied with federal sex offender requirements. Missouri's deadline is July 2011.

Missouri started its sex offender registry in 1995. Since then, it has been expanded to cover more offenses and provide additional information.

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