How reliable are sex offender locator sites?

There are a number of websites and apps that claim to track the locations of registered sex offenders. However, as KAKE News of Wichita, Kansas, reports, those sites are often not very reliable.

One example of the inaccuracies of the registered offender search website that’s run by the state of Kansas is the case of Kelly Farr. Farr is a registered offender currently facing two counts of raping a 12-year-old girl. For three weeks after Farr posted bail, the state’s online offender registry indicated he was in the Sedgwick County Jail, when he was actually more than 250 miles away in his hometown of Leoti, Kan.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office informed the state of Farr’s new address when he was locked up, but not when he was released. The oversight was later corrected because KAKE News started asking questions about Farr’s actual whereabouts.

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