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Sex Offender Registration

Establishment of The Sexual Offender Registry

U.S. Department of Justice statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime. Statistics also show that 67% of sexual assaults have victims under the age of 18.

Missouri implemented it’s own statewide Sex Offender Registration program in January 1995 in accordance with standards by the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender registration Act.

Missouri Supreme Court Case Requires Offender Registration Regardless of Date of Offense

The Missouri Supreme Court held, in Doe, et al v Keathley, No. SC89727:

" . . . sex offenders living in Missouri must register in Missouri (due to federal law) regardless of the dates of their offenses. Even though Missouri's state constitutional bar to retrospective laws does apply to the duty of sex offenders to register under state law, that state constitutional bar must give way to federal supremacy where the federal obligation of sex offenders to register is concerned."

Offenses Requiring Registration (589.400-589.425)

Any felony offenses in Chapter 566, RSMo, including attempt to commit statutory rape and attempt to commit statutory sodomy.

Any offense in Chapter 566, RSMo, when the victim is a minor.

Offenses not under Chapter 566, RSMo that require registration are:

  • Kidnapping, pursuant to Section 565.110, RSMo- excludes parental kidnapping. (589.400.6)
  • Felonious restraint – when not the parent or guardian
  • Promoting prostitution in the first, second, and third degree
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Promoting child pornography, furnishing pornographic material to minors
  • Public display of explicit sexual material
  • Coercing acceptance of obscene material
  • Promoting obscenity in the first degree
  • Promoting pornography for minors or obscenity in the second degree
  • Incest
  • Abuse of a child, pursuant to Section 568.080 RSMo – nonsexual abuse by a parent does not require registration
  • Use of a child in a sexual performance
  • Promoting sexual performance by a child
  • Endangering the welfare of a child, pursuant to 568.045, when endangerment is sexual in nature
  • Sexual contact or sexual intercourse with resident of a nursing home

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