2 arrested during sex offender compliance check | Crime
Earlier this week about 130 sex offenders got an early wake-up call. Including two men who wound up behind bars.
Starting just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, officers with the Poplar Bluff Police Department, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Division of Probation/Parole and the U.S. Marshals Office participated in a sex offender compliance check.
The reason for the check was to verify offenders’ registration information was accurate.
Police also wanted to make sure the offenders were not living too close to schools, daycares, and public pools or swimming pools.
Captain David Sutton of the Poplar Bluff Police Department said most of the offenders were found to be compliant.
However, a few had apparently moved without reporting their change of address.
Officers also arrested Eric Gibbs, 27, and Christopher Kelly, 47, for failing to register as sex offenders.
Sutton said in an email to Your Region 8 News the importance of accurate and detailed sex offender registration records was highlighted in October 2012 when Jeffrey Shelton kidnapped a child from her Poplar Bluff home.
“Sex offender registry records provided investigators with invaluable leads in the early hours of the abduction,” Sutton said. “And undoubtedly contributed to the safe rescue of the young girl.”
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