Missouri Has Lost Track Of Nearly 1,300 Registered Sex Offenders: Audit

More than 1,200 registered sex offenders are unaccounted for in Missouri and more than half of them fall into the “most dangerous” category, according to the findings of a new statewide audit.

The results of the audit, which was released Monday, indicate that of about 16,000 convicted sex offenders in the state, 1,259 are not complying with registration requirements. Of that number, 794 are classified as level three offenders, which are deemed the most dangerous or with the greatest chance of committing another offense.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said the findings are “alarming.”

“As it stands, the sex offender registry really provides a false sense of security,” Galloway said at a news conference in St. Louis.

She said information examined during the audit was gleaned from the state’s sexual offender registration program. The number of sex offenders unaccounted for, according to Galloway, is due in part to weaknesses in state laws, “inadequate enforcement” of registration requirements and poor management of the sex offender registry.

“The law requiring sex offenders to register has been on the books for more than 20 years to help keep our communities, and especially our children, safe,” Galloway said. “But if the law isn’t enforced, it’s not effective and public safety is compromised.”

Missouri statutes require a person convicted of a sex offense to register their name, address and other information with law enforcement. The information is then made public through a website maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. A registered sex offender must also verify the information at regular intervals and notify authorities if they change addresses.

Anyone who fails to register as a sex offender could face additional felony charges. However, the audit found offenders are escaping prosecution. Arrest warrants have only been issued in approximately 10 percent of the cases involving noncompliant offenders, according to the report, meaning no one is actively pursuing the missing sex offenders.

“Law enforcement can’t track the location of registered sex offenders if sex offender laws are not enforced,” Galloway said. “This also takes away the ability of Missourians to effectively use the sex offender registry when making decisions to protect themselves and their families.”

Jackson County is reportedly responsible for more than one-third of the missing registered sex offenders

In a statement to the Kansas City Star, interim Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forte said his office has spent the past five months actively monitoring and investigating registration violations.

“We will continue to allocate resources to keep our community safe,” Forte said. “I assure the community that we will continue to aggressively enforce the protection of the vulnerable and the innocent from predators.”

The Associated Press reported similar problems have been found in other states. An August audit in Wisconsin reportedly identified 2,735 missing registered sex offenders and a 2017 audit in Massachusetts revealed authorities did not know the whereabouts of nearly 1,800 registered sex offenders.

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Eric Trump Accused Of Anti-Semitism For Bob Woodward ‘Shekels’ Criticism

President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, is accused of making anti-Semitic comments in reference to Bob Woodward’s new book about his father’s White House.

The president’s son appeared on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning and denounced Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House, as fiction.

It all started when co-host Steve Doocy noted that the book and last week’s anonymous New York Times op-ed criticizing the president as amoral and vapid have stirred fresh chaos in the White House.

Eric Trump pushed back, saying the media only wants to make his dad look bad.

“Don’t you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Trump said. 

Then, in what some people interpret as a dog whistle to white nationalists, Trump added: 

It’ll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?

The shekel is the currency used in both ancient and modern-day Israel. Keegan Hankes, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups, noted that the term also can be used as a slur.

“Shekels is a derogatory term used by white supremacists that ties into the myth that Jewish people only care about money,” Hankes told HuffPost. The term is tied to the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews control the financial system, she said, and is “used constantly by the extreme right and particularly neo-Nazis.”

Trump’s use of the word on Fox News “certainly seems like a dog whistle,” Hankes added.

Watch Trump on “Fox & Friends” below.

Unsurprisingly, Trump was heavily criticized on Twitter:

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107 Baby Name Ideas For People Who Are Obsessed With Harry Potter

Twenty years have passed since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first released in the U.S., but Harry Potter fandom is as strong as ever. Potterheads have found many ways to express their love for the series, including tattoos, photo shootstribute bands and even baby names. 

The Wizarding World is full of interesting names to inspire parents. Social Security Administration data shows that the franchise is already influencing American baby name choices, most notably with Luna. But the potential beyond that examples is endless.

We examined the books for some additional name inspiration. Here are more than 100 baby name ideas from Harry Potter characters ― the girls and the boys, the deceased and the living, the major and the minor, the good and the bad and the in-between.

Girls

Hermione

Luna

Lavender

Parvati

Padma

Helena

Molly

Violet

Lily

Rowena

Fleur

Helga

Lysandra

Sibyll

Rose

Ginevra

Alicia

Emmeline

Cassandra

Celestina

Kendra

Septima

Romilda

Marietta

Ariana

Cedrella

Nympadora

Alberta

Pomona

Poppy

Charity

Aurora

Eileen

Olympe

Daisy

Amelia

Elladora

Andromeda

Minerva

Narcissa

Pansy

Rita

Alice

Angelina

Gabrielle

Merope

Hestia

Rosalind

Petunia

Augusta

Bellatrix

Arabella

Penelope

Myrtle

Boys

Harry

Ron

James

Albus

Hugo

Severus

Sirius

Charlie

Oliver

Arthur

Seamus

Dean

Remus

Cedric

Amos

Lucius

Felix

Zacharias

Salazar

Dudley

Quentin

Kingsley

Rufus

Gideon

Fabian

Blaise

William

Edward

Garrick

Godric

Draco

Orion

Pius

George

Fred

Nicholas

Fawkes

Peter

Cormac

Antioch

Cadmus

Percy

Ernie

Trevor

Augustus

Gilderoy

Broderick

Tom

Viktor

Alastor

Lee

Geoffrey

Anthony

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