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Sex Offenders Face Jail Time for Failing to Register

Sex offenders who try to fly under the radar by not registering with the state could be living near you without your knowledge.

We reported Thursday on a man who failed to register as a sex offender for the second time.  He has since been found by authorities.

Offenders have seven days from the day they start their probation to register with the state.  After that, depending on their probation, they must re-register every month, three months, or every year.

But there are other circumstances that would require them to re-register as well.  Those being changing an address, a vehicle, or a job.

Failing to register is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in jail.

Authorities say it is a very serious offense because the registry serves as a public safety tool, and is not effective if offenders do not register.

There currently are three offenders on probation for failing to register.  The probation director says that should show that most who fail to register go straight to jail.

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