Sex Offenders Flying Under the Radar
New study shows as many as one in six could be assuming new identities to avoid sex offender registries
ANCHORAGE – Sex offenders are flying under the radar.
According to a new national study, as many as one in six could be assuming new identities to avoid sex offender registries.
The preliminary results from a study by Utica College in New York found offenders using two major techniques to fly under the radar: manipulating their ID, and residing at residences for which they are not approved.
The researchers used data from sex offender registries across the country, as well as interviews from law enforcement officials.
Here in Alaska U.S. Marshals and State Troopers said they don’t know how many offenders in Alaska have changed their address or identifications, but say they are working to track them down.
Both troopers and marshals said they need more manpower to keep a better eye on sex offenders.
A ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court in 2008 means only sex offenders who commit crimes before August 10, 1994 are required to register.
Of the nearly 3,000 registered sex offenders are currently non-compliant.
As of Friday, it will be six years since the Bush administration passed a law that makes it a federal offense for someone to not register as a sex offender; it could mean 10 years in prison.