How do cities keep track of homeless sex offenders?

Posted at 10:38 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 10:01:38-04

Most sex offenders in Arizona are tied to an exact address, but some are not.

Phoenix has its share of homeless, convicted sex offenders. In those cases, no permanent home can be noted but only cross streets.

According to Arizona state law, a sex offender must report their location to police every 90 days. Police then follow up and expect to find them in that location. 

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Virginia Soto lives in the Devonshire neighborhood near 7th Street and Indian School. She often keeps the mailed notifications alerting her to sex offenders living nearby.

"There are always addresses on them and exactly what apartment they're in and stuff," Soto explained.

Recently, a neighbor posted a flyer online showing the sex offender was homeless and lived at 11th Street and Indian School Road. Soto said she was surprised.

The neighborhood plans to hold a meeting this Thursday to discuss the topic further.