Missing Sex Offenders...What To Do

It was just last year when we were hearing about the holes in the parole and probation system. Now it seems the state's sex offender registry may be dealing with a similar problem.

It was just last year when we were hearing about the holes in the parole and probation system.  Now it seems the state's sex offender registry may be dealing with a similar problem.

March 5, 2008 UNC's student body president was killed.  Two men on probation are charged with killing her.  The tragedy revealed problems in the parole and probation system.  Namely,  580 offenders have killed people while on probation since 2000 and 14,000 criminals are unaccounted for.  But they're not the only ones missing.

The state's sex offender registry is set up so you and law enforcement can track where sex offenders live. We discovered not all are complying with the law. In eastern Carolina right now there are 55 missing convicted sex offenders.  There  more across the state. That includes rapists and offenders convicted of sex crimes with children.

Of the 55 sex offenders who are missing in eastern Carolina 20 are in Wayne County. Wayne county Sheriff Carey Winders said keeping track of them is "A manpower issue, much like probation and parole."

Hearing those words from the sheriff may not sit to well given the problems we now know plague parole and probation.  Some may wonder if it will take a tragedy with a missing sex offender before an effort is made to make sure rapists and those convicted of sex crimes with kids aren't allowed to simply disappear?

To be sure, the state and many sheriff's offices are very aggressive in tracking sex offenders.  Many sheriff's offices check in with sex offenders several times a year, the state sends certified letters twice a year, you can even get phone alerts when a sex offender moves to your neighborhood.

The question is...does something else need to be done to ensure the most dangerous sexual offenders comply with the law, do some sheriff's offices need to make tracking these offenders a higher priority, or is letting them disappear a risk we're willing to take? 


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  • by melody Location: west allis on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    i think that sex ofenders should not be allowed in are world because they atre very sick and nasty well not much to say
  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:40 PM
    I think it is time to consider inplanting a chip in all criminals that have been convicted of major crimes. Track them at any time through GPS. I think that may well be good for the general public protection as well as eliminating suspects in all major crimes. That route may well be much cheaper for taxpayers than our current system.
  • by Adriana Location: 218 Hickerson Dr. apt.b on Mar 29, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    sex offenders should be reported to us elders for watching out for our community. PPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLEEEEEAAASSSSEEEEEEE HELP US!!!!!!!!!
  • by disappointed Location: Bath on Mar 15, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    I think if they would put them all under house arrest with a ankle bracelet, that it would help keep track of them at all times. It maybe would confined them alot more than without one. You can believe one thing, they are some where looking more trouble. If the law every where would concentrate on them like they do drugs and alcohol. Then with would slow them down some. The law could do a better job with this issue if they really wanted to.
  • by Kathy Location: Bath on Mar 13, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I'm a victom of a sex offender. When I read or hear about them getting away it makes me sad. Because another got away to do it again, and again to some one else.
  • by Kathy Location: Bath on Mar 13, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    They should never let a sex offender off the hook to start with. I was molested by a man from 3yrs old until I was almost 5. It was my babysitters husband. They never put him in jail, he only got probation. This was in the late 60's. Sixteen years later I was working in a department store in Washington, he came in, he came right to me and tried to start a conversation with me. I called department manager, she made him leave. People that do this to any one are sick. They might for get it long enough to get out of trouble, but they never stop. You see they dont care what kind of damage they do as long as they get satisfaction. He messed me up for the rest of my life. I could never have kid naturely, except C section. Imagine being 4yrs old having 41 stitches inside of you. I think they need to be kept locked up forever.
  • by ace on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    Make every sex offender live within 100 ft of an elected officials son daughter or grand child and see what happens quick fast and in a hurry. Can you see see an electiced official trying to explain to his wife or childeren why the offender got another chance to satify HIS desires.
  • by antwaun Location: kinston on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    i would like to get a list of sex offenders so i can get a feel for my surroundings
  • by JW Morrison Location: Wayne County on Mar 8, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Drop consensual teen age sex as crime and drop off sex offenders that have been offense free for 10 years. Then you can concentrate on those repeat offenders. While ex offenders may not be monitored, if they ever re offend then they will be monitored for life.

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