Stringent Rules Push Cleveland Sex Offenders Underground


About two-thirds of the registered sex offenders who claim to live at a men’s homeless shelter on Cleveland’s East Side either have not spent a night there in the past three months or have never been there, reports the city’s Plain Dealer. The paper says several of them might be living surreptitiously in the suburbs. More than 100 of the 166 sex offenders registered to that address are unaccounted for.

Increasingly stringent limitations on where sex offenders can live have driven many to register under false addresses and live off the grid — beyond monitoring and treatment, say sex offender management and re-entry specialists. And as the county’s list of sex offenders grows to more than 3,000, with fewer resources to monitor them, it is impossible to know how many might have registered under one location and are living at another.

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