1% of sex offenders registered in RI unaccounted for

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – There are currently 23 registered sex offenders who are unaccounted for in Rhode Island, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

Laura Meade Kirk, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island State Police, said of those 23 registered offenders who are unaccounted for, there are active warrants out for seven of them, 12 are considered non-compliant, and four are not yet registered.

The FBI audits Rhode Island’s sex offender registry every three years; the last audit was conducted in April 2017.

On Wednesday, an audit revealed that the Massachusetts sex-offender registry lost track of more than 1,700 convicted sex offenders there. Massachusetts currently has 13,127 active sex offenders who live in state. According to data revealed in the audit, the state is missing addresses for 13 percent of its sex offenders.

Rhode Island has 1,748 active sex offenders listed in the state registry, which means 1 percent of them haven’t provided addresses, as required by law.

It is a convicted sex offender’s legal responsibility to provide a current address to the police department in the city or town where he or she lives, according to Kirk.

There are also a number of convicted sex offenders who do not appear on the public registry because they have appealed their level designation to the courts.

Level II and level III sex offenders, deemed most likely to re-offend, have their names published on the parole board’s website, and are subject to community notifications. Level I sex offenders, deemed least likely to re-offend, are not publicly identified.