KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – Residents in southeast Missouri can now track the number of sex offenders who move into their area with the click of a button. According to Dunklin County Prosecutor Steve Sokolov, residents can sign up for text alerts whenever an offender moved into their neighborhood. The program, which is part of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's sex offender registry, was rolled out just in time for the holiday.
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"You can enter your address on their system. They have a computerized registry that's a composite of all the county registrations," said Sokolov. "To see if they're any sex offenders living within whatever, you can set it anywhere from 500 feet to 5 miles is my recollection."
Sokolov said there are approximately 115 registered sex offenders living in Dunklin County. He said most of them will not be visible Halloween night.
"The sex offenders are required to put something in front of their house saying a sex offender lives here. Do not come and they must keep their lights off," said Sokolov.
The application is good for parents who want to take extra precautions to avoid areas where sex offenders live, said Sokolov. However, he said the likelihood a child becomes a victim of molestation is low compared to other dangers.
"Lots of cars and that kind of stuff and kids may get excited and run in front of a car. I think probably getting run over by a car is a hell of a lot higher danger than actually getting molested by a sex offender," said Sokolov.