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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines Sunday Register DM Page 14A Sunday, January 22, 2006 Twice as many registered sex offenders missing Offenders who could not be located The Iowa Department of Public Safety declined to give the Des Moines Sunday Register a copy of Iowa's Sex Offender Registry database, which the newspaper wanted to use to analyze the whereabouts of offenders. Instead, the newspaper obtained a copy of the database from Orbizon, a company in Utah that harvested the information to create the Web site According to that database, the following sex offenders could not be located by authorities at the time or were considered homeless. Because this copy of the database was recorded on Dec. 8, it may not exactly match the current Iowa Sex Offender Registry, which can be found at The registry includes photos, descriptions of the offenders and the crimes they were convicted of. Keller, Elijah James, Fairfield Kibbie. Leonard Eugene, Des Moines King, Shawn Mathew, Council Bluffs Kistler, Cale Wade, Des Moines Kite, Troy Lee, Des Moines (homeless) How offenders are tracked The Iowa Department of Public Safety sends a letter to registered sex offenders on each anniversary of the month they were required to register. The letter is sent to the address that the offender reported to the registry. If the offender does not respond in 10 days, the agency contacts local law enforcement officials in the community where the offender is supposed to be living. Offenders are supposed to report any address changes to their county sheriff's department, and officials there notify the state registry. The state estimated that 20 percent to 25 percent of offenders are difficult to locate. Five state investigators work with local police and sheriff's officials to track down offenders who are missing. The level of tracking by local authorities varies. Dallas County Sheriff Brian Gilbert said deputies visit the home of every registered sex offender in the county once every three months. Polk County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Bill Vaughn said his department does not have the staffing to routinely track offenders or the jail space to house all those found to be out of compliance. What you can do Contact your local sheriff or police department if you suspect a sex offender is living out of compliance with the registry, or if you want to know where sex offenders are allowed to live in your community. To see a full list of registered sex offenders, go to To contact those who head the Legislature's public safety committees: IN THE HOUSE: Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, chairman of the public safety committee, Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines, ranking Democrat on the public safety committee, IN THE SENATE: Keith A. Krerrrjan, D-Bloomfield, co-chairman of the judiciary committee, David Miller, R-Fairfield, co-chairman of the judiciary committee, Find neighborhood offenders At, users can type in a specific address and get a map pinpointing neighboring offenders' homes, photographs of the offenders and details about the severity of their crimes. Iowa state officials say that they're working on a similar mapping function, and that it should be available in about a month. Abbey, Owen Anthony Jr., Mystic Adams, Tyrone Eugene, Burlington Adler, Violet Lavaughn, Des Moines (under Seventh Street bridge) Albert, David Michael Sr., Avoca Alexander, Jason Alan, Waterloo Amsden, Kyle Ray, Sioux City Araniva, Abraham Jesus, Dubuque Avendt, Richard Michael, Des Moines (homeless) B Bailey, Justin Daniel, Des Moines Bauer, Brandon James, Council Bluffs , Bauer, Jason Craig, Milford Bauler, Charles Richard Jr., Ireton Bazyn, Brian Joseph, Iowa City Beaulieu, Desmond Wayne, Fairfield Bennett, Christopher Robert, Keokuk Benoit, Dennis Charles, Cedar Falls Berry, Charles William, Ankeny Berry, Donald Edward, Des Moines (under bridge) Black, Coby Alan, Fort Dodge (tent, Fort Dodge Fairgrounds) Bluebird, Warren Henry, Waterloo Boals, William Perry Larue, Des Moines Boston, Robert Alexander, Mitchellville (rest area mile marker 149) Boutchee, Johnnie Lee, Des Moines Boyer, Thomas Anthony, Des Moines Brown, Christopher Love, Des Moines Brown, Moses Leon, Waterloo Buck, Terrance, Cedar Rapids Burchett, William O'Neill, Des Moines Buss, Daniel Arnold, Sioux City OFFENDERS, from Page 1A predators. What's more, numerous officials say the law is creating a new population of people who are homeless, while encouraging others to lie and say that they are. Scott County Attorney Bill Davis, who believes the law should be repealed, said that he has consulted several prosecutors across the state, and that they are in agreement: "It's the wrong path. It doesn't make anyone safe, and it's just plain not fair." Steven Conlon, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said he did not know that more sex offenders were unaccounted for until the Des Moines Sunday Register inquired last week. He said the Department of Public Safety has not done much analysis of the sex offender registry to determine where offenders are living. However, he said, that should begin soon. He also said the state will soon have a Web site that will better map where sex offenders are located and include pop-up balloons that show offenders' faces. Conlon said he believes it's too soon to tell whether the 2,000-foot law that went into effect in September has caused fewer sex offenders to report their whereabouts. Law enforcement agencies were more lax about updating the state's sex offender registry before the law went into effect. "Before, we were probably allowed a little bit more time," Conlon said. Of recent efforts to update the registry, he said, 'We probably have never been as current and timely as we are now." Des Moines Police Chief William McCarthy echoed many peers, saying last week that he fears political cowardice will stop state legislators from overhauling the well-intentioned measure. Thus far, he said, the law has only sapped resources while giving the public a false sense of improved safety. "Nobody wants to be seen as sticking up for the sexual offender at the expense of the child," McCarthy said. Des Moines police have had to devote two full-time investigators to tracking sex offenders in the wake of the state ban and the passage of a similar, more-restrictive ordinance in Polk County. At the same time, locating the roughly 350 sex offenders in the capital city has become more difficult. Sgt. Todd Dykstra said that almost all of the 87 arrest warrants issued for offenders who failed to register after the ban remain outstanding today. Some offenders simply report now that they are homeless, living under a bridge or sleeping in cars at rest stops, because registering whereabouts is mandatory, Dykstra and his peers elsewhere said. "And then, oh my gosh, where do you begin?" Dykstra said. "It's a difficult task that we've been charged with, but we are making every effort." Meanwhile, the state law and ordinances that have been passed in several Iowa cities and counties since have moved problems elsewhere. Dallas County Sheriff Brian Gilbert said his county has more registered sex offenders today because the ordinance passed in Polk County has left very few places where offenders can live there. More than 30 were registered in Dallas County in September; now there are 52. "I suspect Dallas County could enact its own ordinance, but then that just drops it down to someone else. And that's not the right thing to do," he said. Last year, the Legislature took several steps to improve tracking and to bolster criminal penalties against those who prey on children. The move came in the wake of the slaying of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage, who was abducted from her home in Cedar Rapids. Among other measures, legislators required the state to develop a better method to assess the public safety risk posed by those who have committed crimes involving children, and to make that information available to the public. However, the general public still cannot tell how big of a risk most offenders pose, let alone their full criminal histories. The risk assessments the state was required to provide by this year on the registry apply only to new registrants amounting to 125 of more than 6,000 offenders. Lablue, Jerry, Des Moines Lamar, Jack Irwin, Des Moines Landsness, Daniel Adam, Sioux City Lathrop, Larry Brian, Clinton Lee, Darrell Jason, Council Bluffs Lee, Mark Lynn, Cedar Rapids Lewis, Theodore Marshall, Iowa City Licht, Kenneth Raymond, Dubuque Llghtfoot, James Daniel, Cedar Rapids Linn, Duane Richard, Armstrong Long, William Arthur, Waterloo Lower, Dennis Russell, Cedar Rapids Lyons, Troy Blue, Des Moines (homeless) M Maloney, Shawn Patrick, Ralston Mapes, Richard James, Webster City Marshall, Douglas Al, Des Moines Martin, Kenneth Mack, Cherokee Mason, Robert Clifford, Le Mars Mason-Abejide, Gaylord, Des Moines Masoner, Mark John, Des Moines Mathison, Matthew James, Marshalltown Mattox, Kenneth Edwin Jr., Shenandoah Maxson, William James, Waukee (rest area mile marker 119) Mays, Joseph Robert Jr., Fort Dodge McCuller, Frederick Milton II, Waterloo Mcdonald, Tracy William, Glidden McFadden, Bryan Paul Jr., Davenport Mcgregor, Arizona Peter Jr., Des Moines (homeless) Mcgregor, Kevin Cletus, Des Moines McKie, Robert Lee McNabb, Dennis Ellery, Iowa City Mcneley, Ned Joseph, Des Moines (Douglas Pilot Truck Stop) Mendoza, Jose Luis Jr., Marshalltown Merry, Stephanie Ruth, Clear Lake Miller, Adam Tyrone, Hiawatha Millhouse, Jennifer Lynne, Marshalltown Myers, Robert Alan, Davenport N Newman, Eric Deshawn, Waterloo Nichols, Christy Leon, Davenport Norfleet, Norman Eugene Jr., Des Moines Canny, Russell Eugene, Ottumwa Carpenter, James Eugene, Des Moines Carrillo, Benjamin Ray Paul, Des Moines Cavazos, Edgar, Sioux City Cervantes, Alfredo, Muscatine Chamberlain, Dennis Marquis, Cedar Rapids Charette, Claude Benton, Dubuque Chatterton, Steven Allen, Council Bluffs Christofferson, Carl Eugene, Wayland Clark, Andrew Philip. Muscatine Clay, Anthony Oewayne, Mount Vernon Cloud, Crystal Marie, Waukon Cohn, Wayne Alan, Des Moines Conrad, Shawn Eugene, Des Moines Conway, James Alex, Des Moines Cook, Charles Eugene Sr., Des Moines Cratton, Ricky Deshun, Des Moines Crete, Gary Lee Sr., Clinton Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson of Clarion said that it's apparent to him that offenders who pose the most risk need to be prioritized, but that it's too early to say what legislators will do this year. However, he said, the new law can't be blamed for sex offenders not accounting for their whereabouts. "With or without the 2,000-foot rule, the fact remains that they are supposed to tell law enforcement where they are living," Iverson said. Since the law went into effect, law enforcement agencies have tried to do a better job of locating offenders, Iverson said, and that should give Iowans better peace of mind. . A number of ideas are being bandied about at the Legislature to change the 2,000-foot law. How. ever, state Sen. Dick Deardon, a Des Moines Democrat who has been vocal on the issue, said it will be difficult to change. "No one wants a postcard to come out two weeks before the election saying they are lax on sex offenders," he said. "I'm sure there's going to be a lot of closed-door stuff ," he said. "People are going to have to say, 'OK, we won't go after you if you don't go after us.' " Oliver, Johnny Bernard, Cedar Rapids Oliver, Robert Duane, Des Moines ' Olson, Charles Mitchell, Des Moines Ortiz, Jose Manuel, Des Moines A sample of available information This is a sampling of offenders whose whereabouts are unconfirmed or who are listed as homeless on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, Daly, Chad Jeffrey. Spirit Lake Danley, Samuel Eric, Des Moines (in tent by Northeast 29th) " Davis, Mack Arthur Jr., Cedar Rapids Davis, Mario Manasar, Ottumwa. Davis, Robert Lee, Des Moines ' Dejesus, Dominique Antwan, Clinton Dennis, Sharode Oneil, Ames Dewees, Christopher Dean, Des Moines Dreesman, Joshua Dewayne, Fort Dodge Dulaney, Michael Dale, Burlington Dunham, Ryan David, Albia Dusheck, Douglas Michael, Milford Clark, Steven Donald Hunt, Terry Lane Address listed: VUhornnhnnte Palmarez, Ricardo Lopez, Muscatine Paulson, Timothy John, Lakota Pearce, Lazarick Maurice. Cedar Rapids Perez, Hilberto, Conesville Perry, John Arthur, Red Oak Peters, Buck Omrie, Davenport Phillips, Donald Edward Jr., Burlington Phipps, Michael David, Des Moines (homeless) Pizarro, Jose Jorge, West Des Moines Powell, Reginald Dewayne, Sioux City Premo, Randy Edward. Des Moines Pringle, Lee Andrew, Waterloo Privett, Charles William, Des Moines (Douglas Pilot Truck Stop) Pross, Billy Jack, Centerville 1 Address listed: Araniva, Abraham Jesus Address listed: Whereabouts unconfirmed, Dubuque Height: 5 feet 6 Berry, Donald Edward Address listed: Under bridge at Second and University avenues, Des Moines Ira kite i Homeless, Des Moines 'jt unconfirmed, What Cheer Height: 5 feet 8 U .T J Height: 5 feet 11 J Weight: 195 Markings: Scars on chest and abdomen; tattoos on right arm; pierced ears Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse May 5, 1993 Polk County Victim's age: 14-17 Victim's gender: Female Quintana, Benjamin Tyler, Cedar Rapids Weight: 158 Markings: Tattoos on arms, hands and chest; scars on back, right eye Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse Pottawattamie County Victim's age: 14-17 Victim's gender: Female Eades, Alan Lee, Des Moines Elifritz, Frederick Elmer III, Des Moines Elisio, Jamie Joseph, Guttenberg Etherington, Bryan Keith, Waukee (rest area mile marker 119) Evans, Dustin Richard, Nevada F Fifer, Brian Jay, Davenport Fishburn, Kelly Lee, Sioux City Flint, Kenneth James, Burlington Fountain, Angela Marie. Council Bluffs Fuller, Joey Wayne, Cedar Rapids Weight: 160 Markings: None Conviction: Criminal sexual abuse of a victim 13-16 Jan. 13, 2000 Outside of Iowa Victim's age: 14-17 Victim's gender: Female Height: 5 feet 10 Weight: 165 Markings: Tattoos on arms; scars on forehead and abdomen Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse Oct. 20, 2000 Polk County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female 51 Perry, John 1 Arthur Rasberry, Corey Allen, Burlington Ratcliff, Raymond Dewayne. Davenport Rayls, Ruth Elaine, Des Moines Readus, Darryl, Cedar Rapids Reddick, Barry Lynn, Iowa City Reynolds, Jeffrey Joseph, Des Moines Rhodenbaugh, Kenneth Michael, Waterloo Richardson, Robert Joseph III, Des Moines (14th andVandalia) ' Ricket, Delfin Edward, Cedar Rapids Rinehart, Timothy Aaron, Des Moines Rivera, Cruz G., Fort Dodge Roe, Michael James Jr., Coralville Ross, James Andrew, Des Moines If f Rasberry, Corey Allen Address listed: Whereabouts iinr.nnfirmfiri UJ ni uiui Address listed: Whereabouts unconfirmed, Red Oak Height: 6 feet Roe, Michael James Jr. Address listed: Whereabouts unconfirmed, Coralville Height: 5 feet 9 Kite, Troy Lee Address listed: Homeless, Des Moines Height: 5 feet 11 CVIiS Burlington K W Uoinhl- : 6 feet 2 R fe Weight: 252 Markings: Scar on right cheek Conviction: Criminal sexual conduct June 17, 1998 Outside of Iowa Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Weight: 205 Markings: Pierced ears; tattoos on arms and shoulders; scars on knees and left shoulder Conviction: Child endangerment Feb. 3, 1999 Hamilton County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Gagnon, Wilfred Euclide, Davenport Galvin, Tory Deshawn, Des Moines Gates-Haught, Shane Michael, Des Moines Gaylord, Jason Donald, Council Bluffs Glade, Todd Michael, Coggon Gowin, Larry Dean Jr., Winterset (homeless) Green, David Charles, Des Moines Green, Gary Lee, Sioux City H Hackett, Danny Cecil, Urbana Haines, Robert Maurice, Davenport Hakeman, James Oouglas, Ankeny (rest area north, homeless) Hallmark, Thomas Ray, Sioux City (Cook City Park) Hanley, Larry Dean, Mediapolis Hansen, Richard Elliott, Des Moines Harlan, Michael Paul, Des Moines Harrell, Quinyatte Jarmaine, Clinton Harris, David William, Cedar Rapids Havens, Michael George, Avoca Hawkins, James Daniel, Des Moines Hawpetoss, Joseph Richard, Des Moines Headrick, Norman Dewayne, Denison Heald, James Glenn, Chariton Hemm, Orville William, Des Moines Hemm, Randy Vester, Milton Herdt, Jared Sung Yoon, Des Moines Hickman, Jessie, Des Moines Hicks, Johnny William, North Liberty 1 Canny, Russell Weight: 162 Markings: Tattoos on arms and hands; pierced left ear Convictions: Assault with intent to commit sexual abuse Jan. 13, 1994 Polk County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Lascivious acts with a child Jan. 13, 1994 Polk County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female tuycuc Weight: 300 Markings: Tattoos on arms; scars on right foot and back Convictions: Assault with intent to commit sexual abuse Sept. 23,1998 Johnson County Victim's age: 14-17 Victim's gender: Female Lascivious acts with a child May 2, 2000 Johnson County Victim's age: Unknown Victim's gender: Unknown Indecent contact with a child June 20, 2000 Johnson County Victim's age: Unknown Victim's gender: Unknown Sanchez, Mario Gonzalez, Des Moines Sanders, John Howard, Davenport Sands, Mark Alan, Iowa City Schwalb, Robert Wayne, Fort Madison Selby, Johnny Clay, Davenport Sellers, Raymond, Cedar Rapids Sheets, Donald Charles, Des Moines Shelton, Douglas Fred, Ames Sholley, Timothy Lee, Des Moines Shur, Charles, Des Moines (in car, QuikTrip) Simmons, Jeri Leann, Sanborn Singer, Corey Shane, Lost Nation Slutts, Jeffery Scott, Muscatine Smith, Danny Carroll, Des Moines Smith, Darrin Dwayne, Des Moines Smith, David John, Cedar Rapids Smith, Edward Bert, Wapello Southern, Mark Allen, Ottumwa Spoonemore, George Daniel, Council Bluffs Stephen, Robert Grant, Des Moines Stewart, Craig Trent, Cedar Rapids Stewart, Frank Leroy II, Des Moines Stick, Justus James, Cedar Rapids (under bridge east) Stubbs, Abraham M., Council Bluffs Stubbs, Richard Allen Sr., Des Moines Suddeth, Justin Daniel, Ottumwa Address listed: Whereabouts unconfirmed, Ottumwa Height: 5 feet 8 i Black, Coby Alan Address listed: Tent at fairgrounds, Fort Dodge Height: 5 feet 10 Weight: 153 Weight: 200 Markings: Tattoos on arms and hands; scars on forehead and right knee; pierced left ear Conviction: Lascivious acts with a child March 29, 1999 Wapello County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Keeble, Francis Ambros Jr. Address listed: In a tent, Gray's Lake Markings: Pierced left ear and right eye Conviction: Second-degree sexual abuse April 1,2003 Webster County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Male I 4 J I I ' t Is t , ;l arsa Drs Mninfls Height: 5 feet 9 Tucker, Walter Raymond Stanley Jr. Address listed: Near Bethel Mission, Des Hicks, Terrance Lamar, Davenport Holt, Eric Lynn, Waterloo Hosseini, Iraj, Cedar Rapids Hoxsey, David Gearold, Ottumwa Hudson, William Clifton Jr., Le Mars Hunt, Terry Lane, What Cheer Hutchings, Jeremy James, Davenport I Iverson, Thomas Jerome Sr., Des Moines J Jackson, Johnnie Adam, Des Moines Jacobsmeyer, Jeffery Joseph, Earlville Jensen, Richard Alan, Laurens Jepson, Jason Rye, Carroll Johnson, Christopher Thomas, Des Moines (QuikTrip) Johnson, David Alan Sr.. Des Moines (in truck) Johnson, Mark Anthony, Des Moines Jones. Charles Robert, Carroll Jones, Christopher Alan, Eddyville Jones, Eric Lamont, Davenport J Phipps, -1, 1 ill Fishburn, Kelly Lee Address listed: Whereabouts unconfirmed, Sioux City Height: 6 feet Michael David Address listed: Homeless, Des Moines Height: 5 feet 11 Weight: 220 Taitte, Michael Anthony, Council Bluffs (north of Dodge Park in tent) Tappin, Letrell Tyrone, Knoxville Taylor, Elasondro Tyrone, Mason City Taylor, Kenneth Antonio, Cedar Rapids Tilton, Gregory Blake Jr., Ottumwa Tucker, Walter Raymond Stanley Jr., Des Moines (near Bethel Mission) Tye, Gregory Alan, Iowa or Nebraska u Utesch, John Frederick, Cherokee W Watson, Bruce Rolland, Earlham (exit 104 park and ride, truck) Wells, Paul Warren III, Davenport Wenman, Jeffrey Steven, Marengo Widler, Matthew James, Columbus Junction Wiegel, Cortny Ray, Sioux City Wilcox, Jeffrey Lyle Sr., Des Moines (west side Des Moines River, three miles north of Euclid bridge) Wilson, Christopher Kevin, Milford Wittenberg, Donald Melvin, Waterloo Weight: 195 Markings: Pockmarks; scars on both arms and right eye; tattoos on right arm; pierced ears Convictions: Lascivious conduct with a child March 17, 2003 Woodbury County Victim's age: 14-17 Victim's gender: Female Two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse March 17, 2003 Woodbury County Victim's age: 14-17 Victim Gender: Female Moines Height: 5 feet 11 Weight: 205 Markings: Scar on left eye; pierced left ear; tattoos on left arm and head Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse April 6,1992 Polk County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Weight: 175 Markings: Scars on left eye and neck Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse Nov. 21, 1996 Wapello County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Markings: Scar on left hand; discolored abdomen Conviction: Third-degree sexual abuse June 30,1993 Polk County Victim's age: 0-13 Victim's gender: Female Kahler, Michael Earl, Des Moines Kanlagna, Khonesavanh Khon, Des Moines Keeble, Francis Ambros Jr., Des Moines (in a tent, Gray's Lake area) Kehrberg, Frank Lowell, Le Mars it

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