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Des Moines, Iowa 50319
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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

DCI NOW ALERTING PUBLIC TO
STATE’S MOST WANTED SEX OFFENDERS

Des Moines, IOWA --- Today the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is unveiling a new resource on the Sex Offender Registry (SOR) web site.  Iowa’s non-compliant sex offenders are now easier to identify through the registry’s Most Wanted page.  The new web page is just one more resource Iowans can use to gather the information necessary to keep themselves and their families safe.  To view Iowa’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders, visit the link below:  

www.iowasexoffender.com/mostwanted

The following criteria are being used to place a registered sex offender on the Most Wanted page:

  • A  Tier III offender
  • In non-compliance status with the SOR for at least 60 days
  • Currently has an active arrest warrant on file in Iowa

Most Wanted Screen Capture Graphic

SOR Coordinator Special Agent in Charge Terry Cowman said, “It’s our responsibility to make sure Iowans can access information on sex offenders who may be a threat to the public.  The Most Wanted page will make it easier to determine which offenders are refusing to comply with registration requirements and attempting to elude the law; arguably individuals who are a greater threat to the public.”

There are more than 5,000 active registrants on the Iowa SOR.  Roughly 20 to 30 offenders will appear on the Most Wanted list at any time.  Once a most wanted offender has been apprehended, his or her status will be noted as such, and he or she will remain on the list for 14 days to allow sufficient time for public notification of the apprehension.

Within the coming weeks, citizens signed up for SOR email notifications will also receive periodic bulletins on changes to the Most Wanted list.  Any member of the public can sign up for free notices by going to the Sex Offender Registry website and clicking on “Email Notifications.”
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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To enroll in the DPS E-mail Notification system simply log on to https://dpsemailnotify.iowa.gov and follow the instructions to enroll as a new user.