Sheriff Steve Cox recently sent letters to all registered offenders in Livingston County providing notice of Supreme Court ruling which impact local enforcement of Missouri laws on certain registration requirements.
Basically the Courts previously ruled that any person requiring to register could not have laws imposed on them if their conviction was prior to when that specific law was passed in Missouri; such as the Halloween law, close proximity to living near a school or daycare, and loitering in or near a public park where a swimming pool or playground equipment are present. The Supreme Court countered this and basically ruled these criminal laws can be enforced.
In working with Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren, Sheriff Cox caused updated notifications to be submitted to every registered offender in Livingston County. Furthermore, after considerations as to when specific offenders had taken residency at a specific location the LCSO also gave 3 registered offenders a 30-day notice to move due to now being too close to a school or daycare facility. If the offender fails to move to a new address then the LCSO may submit a report to Mr. Warren for consideration of charge(s). At the time of this press release one offender has reportedly moved out of Livingston County, a second one has given us notification of the date he will be moved to another county, and the third has not yet reported any status change.
The LCSO will be looking for violations of the Halloween Law by registered offenders. If you see such violation please report that to dispatch at 660-646-2121.
589.426. 1. Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 shall be required on October thirty-first of each year to:
(1) Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children;
(2) Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies;
(3) Post a sign at his or her residence stating, "No candy or treats at this residence"; and
(4) Leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours after 5 p.m.
- Any person required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 who violates the provisions of subsection 1 of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Other recent LCSO investigations on possible sex offender registry violations the LCSO served a Livingston County arrest warrants on:
October 14, Steven L. Burns, 29, Utica for an alleged class C felony Registration Violation offense under 589.400-589.425 RSMO. Mr. Burns posted bond and was released pending Court appearance.
October 15, Shawn Randolph Myers, 43, Chillicothe, for alleged class C felony Registration Violation offense under 589.425 RSMO. Mr. Myers posted bond and was released pending Court appearance.