CO Ridgeway Death Puts Focus on Unaccounted-For Violent Sex Offenders


Nearly 200 men are permanently branded as sexually violent predators in Colorado because of convictions for sexual activity involving children. How many of these people considered the worst of the worst sex offenders are in the state is anyone’s guess, says the Denver Post. Some predators may have moved in under the radar from out of state, at least six sexually violent predators are unaccounted for, and countless others are likely off the grid entirely. “There is just no way to know to an exact number,” said Bill Dehart, head of the registered-sex-offenders unit for Colorado Springs police.

“Sexually violent predator” is the highest degree of classification for a sex offender in Colorado and designates a person who engages in sexual acts with a minor, tends to be a stranger to the victim and is at the highest risk to re-offend, among other factors. The classification is permanent. A community notification must occur when a predator moves into a neighborhood. Tracking these men once registered is not the issue; the problem is dealing with those who are nomadic. The abduction and killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose dismembered body was found in an Arvada field last week, has neighbors taking a closer look at the people around them. A top resource is the CBI Convicted Sex offender website.

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