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August 21, 2007

Madison County home to 62 sex offenders

Their crimes vary from incest and sodomy to sexual abuse and rape.

Some are still relatively young while others passed retirement age years ago.

Several committed crimes against children, while their fellow registrants reportedly violated older victims.

But the 62 men listed on the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry (SOR) have one thing in common — they live in your backyard.

The more than five dozen men listed as Madison County residents are spread throughout the county, although many of them are concentrated inside the Richmond city limits. Most were convicted of varying degrees of sexual abuse and few are still under supervision.

Since a 7-year-old New Jersey girl was raped and murdered in 1994 by a known sex offender who moved into her neighborhood, law enforcement officials have taken steps to register those convicted of sexual crimes. In Kentucky, residents can search the SOR Web site at http://kspsor.state.ky.us.

Kentucky State Police Major Lisa Rudzinski said the SOR is a public safety tool.

“The overarching goal is to protect citizens from sex offenders if they would not have known otherwise that they were convicted of that crime,” Rudzinski said. “It is a means to provide notification to the public that a sex offender is in their community. That doesn’t mean that they will repeat that offense, but it also doesn’t mean they won’t.”

Rudzinski, who formerly investigated sexual abuse crimes, said there is a higher rate of recidivism among those who commit sexual crimes than there is among those who commit various other crimes.

“Unfortunately we would find out either that they would repeat their crime or that there were many more victims than were initially thought once we began our investigation,” she said.

Madison County

Five Madison County registrants have been deemed “non-compliant,” which means they no longer can be verified as living at the last address provided to KSP. They are Robert A. Boner, Charles Edward Graves, John Wayne Medley, Larry Smith and Andrew Lee Unser. Anyone with information that may lead police to the whereabouts of these men is asked to call KSP at 624-2404.

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