Maryland State Police have located dozens of criminals who moved to the state without reporting to authorities in charge of the state sex offender registry, which is riddled with errors and missing information on those already on the list, reports the Baltimore Sun. Working with a list of more than 400 sex offenders who, according to a national registry, said they were moving to Maryland, troopers located 69 living in Maryland who had not registered.
The state police operation is part of a push by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to improve the accuracy of the sex offender registry, which has become an issue in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Designed to inform communities about convicted rapists, child molesters, and other sex offenders living nearby, the registry contains the names and addresses of more than 4,300 offenders. The addresses for about one in five – or 800 sex offenders – were listed last month as questionable or unknown in the state’s registry, which relies on the offenders to provide up-to-date information.