Online sex offender map does not include all offenders
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) —
How well do you know your neighbors?
"I think the public most definitely needs to know who lives next door to them, if they're a sex offender or not."
Well in the natural state, you can find out if anyone in your neighborhood, is a registered sex offender through the Arkansas Crime Information Center's website.
But here's the catch, while most people who are registered are on this map, some are not.
"That's how the legislation was written, that's the directive that we were given by the legislature. That's the state law."
Paula Stitz is the manager of the state's sex offender registry at A.C.I.C.
She says when it comes to people that the courts have ruled are a moderate or high risk, or who are considered sexually dangerous, then you'll see them indicated on the map.
"If the offender was 18 or older by the time of the crime and the victim was 14 or younger at the time of the crime, we are allowed to put those on our website."
But if they are a level one offender, someone who is at little to no risk of committing a crime, then you won't see them here.
"All we can tell people is what's on our website."
This also goes for minors who are over the age of 14. If they're over that age, and have sex with an adult, they wouldn't be on the website.
"All these offenders are on the sex offender registry that law enforcement sees and keeps in contact with constantly."
That is available if you ask your local law enforcement agency.
So even if you don't see them online, that doesn't mean they aren't registered.
"Everybody should feel safe in their neighborhood, even if there's that level 2 sex offender that lives down the street."
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