Elsmere police vigilant about sex offenders who fail to report residences

Elsmere police vigilant about sex offenders who fail to report residences
Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 10:43 AM EST
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ELSMERE, Ky. (WXIX) - The Elsmere Police Department has partnered with Kentucky’s Department of Probation and Parole to make sure sex offenders register their addresses with law enforcement, according to Elsmere police chief Joe Maier.

“We are partnering with District 7 Probation & Parole to make sure sex offenders are complying with the law,” Maier said.

Kentucky state law requires that offenders convicted of certain sex crimes must report their primary residence, which is posted to a website maintained by the police.

According to Maier, not every offender complies with state law and reports their address.

“We felt that was important to the safety of our residents and our community to team up with Probation and Parole to make sure sex offenders are abiding by the law and properly registering so we know where they are,” Maier said. “And we will continue to remain vigilant. Failing to register is a serious crime, and we won’t tolerate it in Elsmere.”

Currently, there are 14 registered offenders listed with an Elsmere residence.

Elsmere Police detectives Eric Higgins and Jeff Young have requested warrants and seek the whereabouts of the following offenders:

  • Lawrence Gould, due to a conviction of solicitation of third-degree rape in Boone County. According to police, Gould registered at a Park Avenue address but is not living there.
  • Thomas Poe was convicted in another state and is considered non-compliant with state law because he is not living at the Heartland Pointe address he reported.

While Poe is required to register due to a conviction in another state, both men are considered non-compliant with state law because they’ve failed to update their latest address, according to police.

Both men’s whereabouts are currently unknown, which officers say is a public safety issue.

“We don’t know if there still in the City of Elsmere, we don’t know if they’ve moved to Ohio, we don’t know where they’re at,” explained Detective Jeff Young. “So, the risk of them not complying intentionally or un-intentionally to me is a higher safety risk because they’re not registering for some reason. And is that to re-offend?”

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