WVSP units focused on finding, arresting sex offenders who fail to update registry

West Virginia

Jack Dempsey Moore, 70, lists his address as The Covenant House, in Charleston.

Actually, that address is what landed Moore inside of a Kanawha County courtroom to begin with.  According to the West Virginia State Police website, Moore kidnaped a girl between the ages of 13 and 17 back in 1982.  

He was originally sentenced to 30-60 years in a correctional facility.  But there he was, in front of Magistrate Rusty Casto.

Court documents state that Moore didn’t update eight different changes in his life recently: his physical address, email address, internet provider, phone numbers or where he has been receiving his mail. 

Here’s the thing, Moore isn’t the only offender who has been brought in recently.  

On Friday, I told you about Christopher Mullins, a sex offender who’s victim was between the ages of 13 and 17.  He led deputies on a high speed pursuit through Pinch.  In addition to charges accumulated from that chase, he was also charged with four counts of failure to register.  

Then there was Joseph Lavigne, 60, of Cross Lanes.  He was brought in the same day.  Lavigne was convicted of raping his then 5-year-old daughter in the late 90’s.  

His charge? You guessed it.  Failure to register.  

In all, according troopers, there are more than 4,600 registered sex offenders in the Mountain State.

And that number continues to grow.  For instance, in Kanawha County, three troopers keep track of 600 convicted sex offenders and 200 convicted child abusers.  

The soul work of that unit, based out of the South Charleston detachment, is to find the men and women who, for whatever reason, don’t update the information listed on their registry.  

Capt. R. Patterson said,  “Should they not register that information in a timely manner, then that’s where the charges would typically come out for failure to register properly.” 

Patterson said these units aren’t backing down.  

We’ve shown you just several of the faces of the suspects they’ve located the last few days.  Troopers have a message for anyone else thinking about leaving information out of their offender registry.

“Just obey the laws here in West Virginia and abide by them,” he said. 

This was Jack Moore’s second offense of failing to register.  His bond was set at $2,500 and he was transported to South Central Regional Jail. 

To search the sex offender registry in West Virginia, click here.

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