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Special Consideration for Sex Offenders

Special Considerations

 Under Missouri law, any person who moves into Missouri from another state and is registered (or has ever registered) in that state or would be required to register under Missouri law if the offense had been committed in Missouri, must register as a sex offender.

Persons living out of state but who work or attend school or training on a full-time or part-time basis or has temporary residence must also register as a sex offender.

  • Part-time is considered seven (7) days in a 12-month period, required upon arrival and also when the offender leaves, such as no longer working or visiting or living temporarily in the state.
  • If the time is less than seven (7) days per 12-month period, registration is not required in Missouri.

Registration in Missouri is in the same manner as the primary states requirement, (semi-annual, or 90-day registration).

Exception: If the offender moves to Missouri from a state where he/she was required to register annually for an offense and that same offense would require him/her to register every 90 days in Missouri, then the offender would be required to register every 90 days. Frequency of registration is based on the victim’s age and different states vary regarding registration requirements.

Certain offenders may not reside within 1000 feet of any public or private school up to the 12th grade or childcare facility, which is in existence at the time of the offender establishing his or her residency. If the offender has already established residence and a public or private school or childcare facility is built or placed within 1000 feet of the offender’s residence, the offender should notify the county sheriff within one week of the facility being opened. The offender has the responsibility of providing proof he/she had residence established prior to the new facility opening. (566.147) *

Certain sexual offenders may not loiter within 500 feet of the real property of any school when a person younger than 18 is present without permission from the School Superintendent or School Board or Principal of a private school. (566.149)

*Under Senate Bill 714, persons who commit comparable offenses in any other state or foreign country or under tribal, federal, or military jurisdiction shall be subject to the same restrictions as Missouri offenders.

Effective 8-28-2008: Senate Bill 714 restricts certain activities of sex offenders on Halloween:

  • Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children
  • Remain inside his/her residence between 5:00 and 10:30 p.m.(unless there is just cause to leave)
  • Post a sign stating “No candy or treats at this residence”
  • Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours