In the face of a deadline for sex offenders to move out of areas with a school or child care facility, representatives of area law enforcement agencies are taking a class to answer questions on how exactly the law is to be enforced.
A court order gives until Sept. 1 for registered sex offenders to be moved at least 2,000 feet away, with some exemptions based on how long the offender has lived at the address.
Barb Staver of the Cherokee County Law Enforcement Center said many questions need to be answered, including whether the residence restriction applies to only the locations of certified day care providers or to all the locations where this service is provided.
There are 22 offenders registered on the sex offenders registry as residents of Cherokee County, although the whereabouts of one is unknown, one is in prison and one is in the Civil Commitment Unit. Others in the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) on the MHI grounds are not regarded as residents of Cherokee.
Of the 19 non-incarcerated sex offenders whose addresses are known, it is not known at this time how many live within the prohibited proximity to a school or child care facility but it is believed that some do.
The 19 are:
Alford Glenn Anthony, 1300 S. 2nd, Cherokee.
Emil Elmer Boock, 1301 620th St., Quimby.
Roger Dean Christiansen, 319 Oak Knoll Drive, Cherokee.
Michael Andrew Darling, East Bow Drive, Apt. 8, Cherokee.
Travis Lawrence Ehrig, 609 1/2 W. Willow St., Apt. 1, Cherokee.
Steven James Graves, 303 N. Elm St., Marcus.
James Eugene Johnson, 407 N. Oak, Marcus.
James Henry Messenger Mohr, 209 W. W. Railway Ave., Quimby.
Chad Allan Morrow, 217 W. 4th St., Aurelia.
Robert Charles Newcomb 1003 E. Ridgeview Drive, 1A, Cherokee
Kelly Charles Potter 5676 V Avenue, Aurelia.
Corey Vernon Ruden, 104 Eagle St., Meriden.
Randall William Shear, 675 450th St., Marcus.
Michael Edward Stephenson, 4715 U Ave., Cherokee.
Ricki William Updike, 1925 640th St. Aurelia.
John Frederick Utesch, 210 E. Cedar St., Cherokee.
Carlton Robert Ward, 1251 W. Cedar Loop, Cherokee.
Grant W. Wilson, 105 Grace St., Cleghorn.