"Sex offenders monitored, even after probation ends

"Patrick Johnston , Times Record NewsPublished 10:28 a.m. CT Jan. 15, 2017

While a deferred adjudication or probation sentence might seem like a slap on the wrist to some, it can completely change the life of someone convicted of a sexually-based offense.

Soon after punishment is given, the offender must meet with a probation officer to complete an initial intake documentation.

The form tells the offender if, based on a checklist, he or she must register for life, or for how many years. It’ll also notify them if they must check in annually, every 90 days or every 30 days.

Next, if they plan to live in Wichita Falls, they meet with Detective Sammy Motsenbocker with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

“I collect what state they were born in, height, weight, hair color, eye color, blood type, shoe size, shoe width, nicknames, tattoos – any identifying information,” Motsenbocker said of the initial meeting. He also goes over the information included on the form he receives from the probation officer.

Once everything is verified, Motsenbocker enters the information into a secure sex offender database through the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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