HILO, Hawaii — Almost one in five Big Island sex offenders is not in compliance with state registry requirements, according to figures from the Department of the Attorney General’s Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.
As of Sept. 11, 73 of 402 offenders on the island weren’t in compliance with state law, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2yRlJRo).
Laureen Uwaine, assistant administrator at the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center, said offenders must report to police yearly within the 30 days following their birthday. In addition, a verification form is mailed to each offender’s address of record every 90 days, which must be filled out and returned.
Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth said the number of offenders who aren’t following rules is very concerning.
Hawaii County’s noncompliance rate is second-worst among Hawaii’s counties, trailing only Maui — which had a noncompliance count of 64 out of 297 offenders as of Sept. 11. The City and County of Honolulu, which has about five times the Big Island’s population, had 176 noncompliant offenders out of 1,441 overall. Kauai County had the lowest noncompliance rate among the counties, with only five offenders deemed noncompliant of 135 individuals required to register.
Despite Hawaii County’s high rate of noncompliance, arrests and prosecutions of noncompliant sex offenders are relatively rare.
Since Jan. 1, 2014, only 14 individuals have been arrested and charged for noncompliance with registry requirements in Hawaii County, according to police booking logs compiled by the Tribune-Herald.
Noncompliance with sex offender registry requirements is a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/