Of 1,200 unaccounted Missouri sex offenders, only 5 from Clay County

Posted at 10:00 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 05:17:12-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Law enforcement officials in Missouri do not know where more than 1,200 registered sex offenders are, according to a state audit released earlier this week.

Of those 1,200 unaccounted offenders, only five are from Clay County. 

"We are very proud of it. We work very hard at keeping our non-compliance rate as low as it is," said Deputy Geoff Zimmerman. 

Zimmerman is part of the county's S.O.A.R. unit, which is dedicated to sex offender registration and enforcement. 

The unit is made up of five people including two desk clerks, two deputies and a supervisor. 

Zimmerman believes this makeup helps the county keep track of its registered offenders. 

It "allows my partner and me to get out and actually conduct the compliance checks," he said. 

One a month, Clay County holds extended hours so offenders can register after hours. This initiative has helped too, said Zimmerman.