Nov 21, People looking to move into a new home often check the sex offender registry to find out who their new neighbors could be. It's supposed to be an informative system to help the public feel more secure but the Virginia Registry could be providing a false sense of security to the public. We are Exposing the system and showing how inaccurate the Virginia Sex offender Registry can be. There are the thousands upon thousands of offenders in the commonwealth who have committed the awful sex crimes.
The database is supposed to keep track of where these convicted criminals are living. We wanted to find out by using U.
We sent out dozens to violent offenders and those convicted of crimes against children. After just a few days many of the letters came back to us. We were looking a 37 year old, violent sex offender, convicted back in of sexual abuse in the 1st degree.
The victim was a minor. Neighbors say he had just checked out. According to Virginia statue, sex offenders have 3 days to report a change of address. Our second offender told state police he lives at a home in the hundred block of Liberty Rd Northeast His letter came back to us, not known, return to sender. We knocked on the door to confirm but no one answered.
After a quick check with neighbors we confirmed this is not offender number 2's home. That means if offender number 2 doesn't live here, it would be the 5th time this violent offender, convicted of forcible sodomy, has failed to properly register..
Our next check was on a violent offender convicted a crime against a child. His listed address is 4th street SE. It turned out to be the Roanoke Rescue Mission and not a permanent address for anyone and officials inside would not confirm or deny the man is actually living here.
Offender number 4 was convicted of lewd and lascivious sexual batter on a minor between the ages of 12 and He is a violent sex offender who has failed to register 3 times in the past.
He listed his address at 15 10th street S. No one can be sure exactly where this convicted child abuser is located. We reached out to Virginia State Police to find out how they keep track of the thousands of sex offenders living in the commonwealth. They declined our requests for an interview because they did not like how we decided to hold them accountable for tracking sex offenders. In an email a spokeswoman for the department wrote: It will be up to state police and those who oversee the program to make sure it's as accurate as possible.
But State police have not been willing to shed any light on how they keep track of these offenders. We still have an open invitation for an on camera interview so they can explain to the public. Copyright Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.