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Sex Offender Charged With Being In U City Park

Police found the man in Joseph W. Mooney Park on July 7.

A University City man faces a criminal charge for being a registered sex offender in a U City park.

University City Police said that Edward A. Terry, 43, of the 900 block of Purdue Avenue in U City, was in Joseph W. Mooney Park on July 7. Police said he is prohibited from being within 500 feet of any park with a playground or pool because he is required to register as a sex offender.

Terry was charged Nov. 2 with being a sex offender within 500 feet of a park with a playground or pool. He was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault in Cook County, IL in 1998, police said.

Bond was set at $10,000, cash only, for Terry.

For more crime information on University City Patch, see the following articles:

  • U City Man Faces Child Molestation Charge
  • 82-year-old Man Charged with Molesting 15-year-old Girl
Joe Scott November 13, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Gannon - Thanks for pointing out the US Department of Justice web site provides mug shots of sex offenders. I was able to get one from their site, although it's a bit small. Neither University City Police nor St. Louis County Police could provide one, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol registry also does not have them.
Joe Scott November 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Gannon - I'm not sure how this is measured according to the law. But I got directions on Google maps from his home to the school, and it says go 1/10th of a mile (528 feet), turn left and go 223 feet. So if you were to drive that distance, it would be 751 feet to Christ the King. But he does live very close to the school, Mooney Park and Heman Park. It seems it would be difficult to comply with the law and go anywhere. I should point out the crime which he was convicted for was not against a child. I'm not trying to excuse him or say he doesn't have to comply with the law, just trying to ease parents' minds a bit. And you don't have to apologize for overloading us with comments. We appreciate the discussion -- and we learn things ourselves this way.
Vicki HEnry November 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Seattle police detective Bob Shilling, a nationally recognized expert on sex offenders, noted that Seattleʼs residency restriction law “creates a lot more homeless sex offenders, which makes it a lot harder for us to keep track of them. [Residency restrictions] do not work. In fact, it exacerbates the problem.” (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE, P 27) Not one of the recidivism events were facilitated by close residential proximity to schools, daycare centers, parks, or other places where children routinely congregate. (EFFECTIVENESS OF SEX OFFENDER PUBLIC POLICY) Throughout the United States, courts have found residency laws unconstitutional because they are punitive or against the Ex Post Facto laws. Here are two court decisions: 1. “[The District] Court of Kentucky concludes that Kentuckyʼs sex offender residency restrictions constitute a form of banishment, a punishment that is historically and traditionally punitive.” (Kentucky vs. John Does, P 19) 2.“The federal district judge in The State vs. Miller finds Iowaʼs residency restrictions unconstitutional.”(Kentucky vs. John Does, P 24) Vicki Women Against Registry dot com
Joe Scott November 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Interesting Vicki. I've often wondered about residency laws and how they affect sex offenders, not to mention the constitutionality issue. I know of one greater St. Louis area town where the residency restriction effectively means that a sex offender cannot live in the town at all. That might sound good, but then does that mean sex offenders cluster where they CAN live? And then, yes, there's the homelessness factor. I don't want a sex offender, particularly a pedophile, to live next to my child's school. But what is the cumulative affect of these laws?
J Mart November 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
The residency law for Missouri is found at :http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c500-599/5660000147.htm. Sex offenders have rights afforded to them by law. Reference Article 1, section 13 of the Missouri constitution that does not allow laws to be retroactive. Also look at the 14th amendment, section 1, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." which protects the liberties of all American citizens. If you want to take away a sex offenders rights, you also have to take away your rights the constitutions provide you.

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