Authorities have taken into custody a 22-year-old man accused of taking off with a 15-year-old Jerseyville, Illinois girl. Arica Blair left home last week and was found safe in Colorado Wednesday night. John David Allen is a registered sex offender in Madison County, and the case has News 4 asking just how many offenders have stopped checking in with law enforcement.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office, which tracks sex offenders in the unincorporated parts of the county, says it's down to two non-compliant offenders. Others listed on their database are already in jail.
Across Madison County (including all the municipalities), there are 413 registered sex offenders. Thirty nine of them are non-compliant or are listed as living in an unknown location. That's 9 percent of the offenders. Captain Brad Wells of the Madison County Sheriff's Office points out that it's not uncommon for some of the non-compliant offenders to stop checking in because they're jailed on other charged, in other jurisdictions.
In St Clair County, 49 offenders are listed as non-compliant. That's 13 percent of the 372 registered sex offenders.
St. Louis City has a non-compliance rate of 7 percent with 80 non-compliant offenders out of 1,091 registered in the city.
St Louis County, with the largest population, have the largest number of registered sex offenders. There are 1,192 offenders registered in the county, but only 10 are non-compliant. A rate of less than one percent.
The St. Charles County Sheriff's Office says there are 335 registered sex offenders, but none are off-the-grid.
Jefferson County has 305 offenders and 4 are non-compliant, a rate of just over 1 percent.