Missouri and Iowa have online sex offender databases that are supposed to be your tool for tracking convicted sex offenders.
We wanted to know how good it was at keeping track of the basics, like where they live.
Missouri state statute says certain offenders convicted of certain crimes cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school.
I (Dana Jay) went to Missouri's online sex offender registry to see if there were any sex offenders living near your child's school. I tested more than 20 school addresses in several counties and came up with just three hits in Kirksville.
According to the registry, one sex offender lives within 1,000 feet of a Kirksville Head Start school at 915 W. Locust Street where children attend pre-school. The site also shows one offender living just on the edge of the 1,000-foot perimeter near the Partial Alternative School, which serves 9th through 12th graders at 304 S. Franklin Street.
The third hit came when I typed in the address of Mary Immaculate Catholic School at 712 East Washington Street. Kindergartners through 8th graders go to school there.
How could this be? I went to the Adair County Sheriff's Department to find out. Chief Deputy Larry Logston is in charge of keeping track of registered sex offenders in Adair County.
He says the reason sex offenders homes are showing up where they are supposed to is because the online registry is incorrect.
"The information I have and the website information is not up to date. Sometimes it takes a few weeks for that info to change on the computer," Logston said. When a sex offender moves, that person has to clear the address with Logston.