July 01 the C-T ran a front page photo of some people in Simpson Park on June 30, 2013. This publication prompted a citizen to anonymously notify our office a registered sex offender was in the local park.
Missouri law prohibits certain sex offenders from being within 500 feet of a public park with playground equipment and/or a swimming pool. The subsequent investigation included our office obtaining the digital photo from the local paper which supports the allegation the individual was in violation of this Missouri Law.
We have arrested and served a Livingston County arrest warrant on Derryl Gene Matthes, 67, Chillicothe for alleged Sex Offender Present/Loiter within 500 feet of park with playground/pool 1st offense, class D felony. Mr. Matthes was incarcerated in the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail. Bond was initially placed at $2,500.
Part of any registered offenders obligations is to periodically (as frequent as every 90 days) report to the county sheriff and register certain information. Included in every registration form is information on this and other legal requirements.
We thank everyone who provides tips to our office and it pays to keep up with the local media.
Reminder that all persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a Court of law. An arrest or warrant is merely an allegation.