Hands Across Missouri Scrambles after Learning Leader is Sex Offender

MOBERLY, MO - A homeless agency is working to keep its image intact after learning its president is a convicted sex offender.

Hands Across Missouri members say they want to reassure people that they're legitimate and seriously devoted to fighting homelessness.  They've elected new officers after voting out president Harold South last week.

A background check showed South served four years in prison for charges involving a 13-year-old female relative.

South, who is blind, is registered with local officials as a sex offender.  He's listed on the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Web site as being compliant with all the conditions of his parole.

South told the Columbia Tribune that he didn't tell the homeless agency, because he thought his past was well-known in the community.

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