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Jul 3, 2024

What Are Sex Offenders Not Allowed to Do in Missouri?

Sex Crimes

Missouri law places substantial restrictions on the lives of sex offenders. There are laws restricting how sex offenders can live within the state. There are certain places where sex offenders can’t live or go. There are specific jobs they can’t hold. There are even restrictions surrounding a specific holiday.

Restrictions on Where Sex Offenders Can Reside

Missouri law bans certain sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, childcare facilities, or the victim’s residence.

However, there’s a potential exception for sex offenders who were at their current residence before the school or childcare facility opened. If a school opens within 1,000 feet of your existing residence, you must notify the county sheriff and provide proof that you lived there before the opening of the school.

Restrictions on Where Sex Offenders Can Go

Under Missouri law, sex offenders cannot be within 500 feet of a childcare center. The law also bars sex offenders from being within 500 feet of a public park, swimming pool, athletic complex, museum, or nature center that exists primarily for use by children.

Additionally, Missouri prohibits sex offenders from being within 500 feet of school property. However, the superintendent or school board may grant an exception for a particular event if you are the parent or guardian of a child at the school.

Other Restrictions on What Sex Offenders Can Do

Sex offenders cannot serve as athletic coaches, managers, or trainers under certain circumstances laid out by Missouri law. If the team has a child under the age of 17 on it, the sex offender cannot participate. The sex offender also cannot supervise or employ any child under the age of 18.

Halloween Restrictions for Sex Offenders

On October 31, Missouri law places additional restrictions on sex offenders, requiring that they:

  • Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children
  • Stay inside their residence between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. unless they must leave for work or a medical emergency
  • Post a sign outside their residence that states, “No candy or treats at this residence”
  • Turn off all outdoor lights at the residence after 5 p.m.

Contact Our Sex Crime Defense Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri

Have you been charged with a sex crime in Missouri? At Richard H. Sindel, Inc., our lawyers understand how big of an impact a sex crime conviction can have on your life. You may need to register on the state’s sex offender registry for the rest of your life, which can make finding employment and housing difficult. The restrictions on where you can be and what you can do can severely limit your ability to move freely and engage in everyday activities.

Richard H. Sindel, Inc., is here to challenge the charges against you and fight for the most favorable outcome possible in your situation. Contact our law office for a free consultation about your case. One of our experienced attorneys will explain your legal options and answer your questions.