Hawaii's sex offenders Part 1: Predators among us

Published: May. 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM HST|Updated: May. 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM HST
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Mike Becker
Mike Becker
Barry Coyne, PhD
Barry Coyne, PhD

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - According to a government website at least one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood.

That's an alarming statistic that has parents and those aimed at protecting children looking for tools to keep kids safe.

The Hawaii sex offender registry currently maintains the names and addresses of more than 3,000 convicted sex offenders with crimes ranging from exposure and fondling, to Internet luring of minors, child molestation and rape.

Convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center. They have three days to update any changes to their address or information.

And every three months, they have to verify it by mail and once year at a police station.

Otherwise they can be arrested and serve up to five years in prison. But first authorities have to catch them.

Nearly 500 sex offenders are currently listed as "non-compliant" with either their mail or in person verification.

Another nearly 200 never registered at all. They're found under the "absconded" search.

That's where the public can really help.

The website can be a useful tool you can run the names of coaches, teachers, family members, even Facebook friends and neighbors.

You can even sign up to receive email alerts when a sex offender moves into your area.

Sometimes though a judge will restrict where an offender live and whether he can minors in his home.

But the sad reality, say experts, is that the greatest threat to our kids is much, much closer to home.

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