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MO: Sheriff’s office turns registrants into social media companies

[chillicothenews.com – 6/23/20]

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 589 covers issues with Sex Offender Registration requirements. By statute, the sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for each 3rd class county and one of the sheriff’s duties is to oversee sex offender registration.

At the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office we strive to make this task as easy and routine as possible for both our staff and those who must register. The registration laws are strict and we expect those who register to be open and honest in their disclosures to us and we do conduct compliance checks to validate claims. Periodically we will receive information that one of the registered offenders has not been truthful about an address or maybe a vehicle they drive and we investigate the allegation. Intentional failure to disclose required information can result in a felony charge which if convicted will elevate that person’s tier level requiring more frequent supervision by the sheriff and possible jail/prison time.

We currently have 42 registered offenders in Livingston County. Some of the things registered offenders are mandated to report are their address, work location, vehicle information and such things as Internet or IP address, email addresses, instant message-ID, chat or text identifiers and such things as if they have Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or other social media. It is NOT against Missouri law for a sex offender to use or access social media but most of the social media platforms have their own rules/policies prohibiting any convicted sex offender from having an account.

I just performed an audit of our registered sex offenders in Livingston County to determine if they have social media account(s) and found that most all of our registered offenders are being compliant on their registrations regarding social media. Specific findings: four registered offenders reported having Facebook and one reported having Snapchat. Two others did not report having social media accounts but may have a very old social media account that has not been accessed in a very long time. While two others did not report having social media account(s), that matter remains under investigation as possible criminal violation(s) for not reporting.

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  1. JohnDoeUtah

    This is active monitoring. Another check box towards supervision/punishment.

  2. SR

    Wow! I hope the county gets sued and hard. Where does it say that police have to uphold private company policies and regulations? Your job is to collect the information, not act like Facebook security.

  3. Brandon

    Sounds to me like the real creeper is the sheriff. Most of the registrants in his jurisdiction are compliant and just because someone has social media; does not mean they are lurking for children. It’s time for the sheriff to retire so he can’t spread anymore of his falsehoods.

  4. G4Change

    Why is it that the collection of internet identifiers has been ruled unconstitutional (on 1st Amendment anonymous speech grounds) in Michigan and possibly other places yet this continues to be an issue in Missouri?

    • SR

      That’s because those rulings are at state level. It’s like how in CA we can buy weed at fancy clubs, while in other states people are still being sentenced to jail and prison for having a joint.

      • G4Change

        Is it at a state level? I thought the recent rulings in Michigan were in federal court and that the “anonymous speech” part is based on the U.S. Constitution. Therefore it should apply in all 50 states, right? This is total crap!

        • SR

          The only court that can make a nationally binding ruling is Supreme Court of the United States. All other courts are the county level, state level, and circuit level (group of states).

    • David V C

      This guy either just wants a nice “Woo-hoo! You go Sheriff!” or he has nothing else better to do or maybe both.
      Anyways, like a lot of the other sheriffs he is barking up the wrong tree.

  5. ReadyToFight

    Same thing in Cali….this is old news ta me.

  6. C

    Glaring typo in the second sentence of the first paragraph should read “3rd rate counties.”

    Thus concludes my snarky, anti-LE comment for the day.

    Oh wait, I have one more, though somewhat less snarky:

    STOP KILLING PEOPLE!

  7. wonderin

    Sheriff Snitch is a long way from sheriff Wyatt Earp. Sounds a lot safer though.

  8. Saddles

    This COR thing I never even heard of it until I came on here and now internet idnifiers. Is that anything like BDR (Brain Damage Release) or any other Disfunction that People can stress out on or use to entrap others. Talk about the spy who loved me. Dont you know the bible says trust no one. Guess everyone wants to be wise in their own eyes. One might as well join a busybody club then. Seems those on the registry are owned by their masters today for having a bad tongue a verbal mouth a stairing glance or a lustful view, inducement by a teen, or an officer pretending. Talk about looking at a woman to lust in one’s heart so who’s using kids as bait today wiith this electronic age. Talk about don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself wether in public or out by some computer inducement.

    I addressed a bit on trafficking on here but are their more teen pregneticies than men on the registry that go unannounced. Are we not given a thron in the flesh to buffet each and everyone of us, or who is exalting their stautus quo. Would one say govenment today, Mother Nature, the soap box derby queen for a day or this internet or is this internet crazy getting out of left field or out of hands.

    California has its incarceration problems and profiting on others seems to be the norm with this porn ordeal or this “I’m a little tea pot” come down to my level come on. Guess that takes the cake in this new wave of inducement by stranger danger. Nothings wrong with the right vocation in a person’s life but government wants to play the fiddle of gold against your soul.

    Are their more people dying of this virus than those on the sex registry? Or maybe we need to call the “Witch Doctor” as I’m sure the chipmunks have the right answer. So were is law and order today. Where is Catherine Carpenter and many on these issues. Yes Janice is in there for this challenge and most women I know get the job done. In the end governments are not using biblical understand right with and those in this porn trafficking ordeals, are the real one’s encounters slide under the rug? or is it more easier to sit behind a computer and play devil games. Solution, ban the world wide computer system today from every household and business, use some self-govering or responsiblity, or fight injustice with a two edged sword of truth.

  9. Lake County

    Well, how can I follow Trump’s messages to the American people if I can’t follow his Tweets? If a public official uses social media for public information then NO one should be excluded from seeing it or replying to it.

    • Will Allen

      I was under the impression that Twitter does not block People Forced to Register (PFR). No politician, government agency, or anything paid by government should be allowed to use any platform that blocks U.S. citizens. They certainly should not be allowed to use Facecrook. It is ridiculous that people think that is acceptable.

      Also, anyone who thinks forcing PFRs to report “online identifiers” is useful, is a certifiable moron. Does that even need to be discussed? It just takes a real dipshit to fantasize it’s useful. But most little control freaks are dipshits.

      Collection of “online identifiers” is illegal, I don’t give a f*ck what any politician or court says otherwise. The Registries have taught me that Registry Supporters/Terrorists are not moral or smart enough to be judge, jury, and executioner. So I am.

      Lastly, you should never follow Trump’s messages. You should always ignore him.

      • w

        Trump is helping to stave off California Democrats from spreading more bad laws. Joe Biden is the gateway drug to some bad times ahead, he’s just a stepping stone for the VP pick to ensure a leap frog to another Democrat term and a list of Democrat contenders at that time to keep shutting out Republicans in the state.

        California needs a flippin’, if only to regain balance. Single party dominance is very harmful.

        • Doc Martin

          Hey W, maybe you should move to Florida. It’s kind of a swing state that went for Obama and then for Trump. You’ll get a chance to meet the Books, very fine people, very fine people. Disney World will welcome you with open arms inside their theme park. They loves their sex offenders in Florida!

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