Under the new bill, he would be eligible to petition to get off the registry right away.
Supporters argue the current registry creates an undue burden on some offenders, who have struggled to find jobs or faced harassment from neighbors.
They also say it creates a burden on law enforcement officials, who are charged with keeping track of the offenders. The new law could cut as many as 5,000 people in its first year and 1,000 each year after, according to a study.
Some sex offenders would no longer have to be on a public registry under a bill that in the Missouri House.
The sponsor of the bill, Rodney Schad, R-Versailles, said that only about 5 percent of sexual offenders ever reoffend, and that many of the offenders are guilty of simply being, “young, dumb and stupid.” He said people found guilty of offenses like public urination have been put into the same shunned category as pedophiles and child rapists.
But Schad said the state would not have had enough qualified mental health professionals to do the evaluations.