Missourians soon will be able to see if a new person on the block is a registered sex offender in Missouri or in any other state. Missouri is the 37th state to join the Justice Department’s National Sex Offender Registry. Deputy Director June Baker at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Criminal Records Division says any searches of the registry have to be done state-by-state – for now. Baker says the registry will help Missourians notify local officials if a sex offender from another state moves into the neighborhood and doesn’t sign the local registry.
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