Problems Surface With New Sex Offender Registry Web Site

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

July 14, 2006

Criticism of the old sex offender registry led law makers to pass a bill updating the registry July 1, 2006 and now the new registry is drawing criticism.

Of the 73 sex offenders registered in our area, we found two who weren't where state police say they were.

Clarence Guyton a violent sex offender who has failed to register twice in the past was listed as living at the Aloha House on Ridge Street but the Aloha House closed down over a month ago.

Hudson Brent isn't living where the state says he is either. In fact, there’s no such address as 2309 Peyton Drive.

Virginia state police say they're aware of the wrong addresses but the current system doesn't make immediate changes.

"We've gotten a lot of them in, and that's a data entry problem that we are hammering away at every day,” said Virginia State Police Lt. Thomas Turner.

Criticism of the old registry for things like bad addresses, out of date photos and misinformation led law makers to pass a bill updating the registry July 1, and now the new registry is facing some of the same problems.

"Certainly we are not totally satisfied,” said Turner.

The law requires photos to be no more than two years old.

“We are slowly but surely getting those scanned into the system and out there,” said Turner.

The registry is also supposed to list offenders' work addresses. State police say they are slowly adding that information.

This new website is still a work in progress.

“We are going to do our best to make sure the information is more accurate and more complete than it has been in the past,” said Turner.

Since our initial call, state police have updated Clarence Guyton’s address to 716 Park Street and issued a warrant for Hudson Brent’s arrest.

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