Cops Having Difficult Time Tracking Homeless Sexually Violent Predators

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) are released back into society every day, and like all sex offenders they must register their whereabouts. But some have raised concerns about the latest offender released into Pueblo and the Police Department's ability to find him if they have to.

The concern stems from 35-year-old Brian Kanmore's current address. It's listed as homeless.

According to Pueblo Police, Kanmore has no family support in the area, and nowhere to stay now that he's out of prison. However, because he is on parole for the next two years, they can easily find him if they have to.

They can do this through an electronic GPS device he must wear. For the next week or so, state agencies are paying for Kanmore to stay at a local hotel as he tries to find employment and a place to stay. "That is not a permanent solution, that's a band-aid. The state agencies have done that just to try and get this guy some support," says Jeff Shay, a Detective with the Pueblo Police Department's Registered Sex Offender Unit.

Another SVP in Pueblo is also listed as homeless, 47 year old Jefferson Benfield. Benfield is not on parole and does not have to wear a monitoring device.

Detective Shay says the reality of the situation is, he couldn't tell me where Benfield is right now or where to find him.
Shay tells KKTV, Benfield, like other SVP's, has to register as a sex offender every 90 days and so far he's followed the rules.

The problem of homeless sex offenders, is not just a problem in Pueblo. Shay says, Colorado Springs police are having difficulty tracking homeless SVP's as a result of a "no camping" ordinance passed earlier this year.

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  • by beepbeep Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 19, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    The CSPD keeps close tabs on the homeless thru Marion House, Springs Rescue Mission, ESM, Salvation Army Wagon and library. Homeless folks eat and use the services here daily.
  • by at ryan Location: cs on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    A one-sided idiot running for mayor using a one-trick biased platform. How so Colorado Springs. Good luck little white-boy.
  • by Ryan on Jul 10, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    They shouldn't have to track them. Fact: Someone is either fit to live into society or they are not. Fact: By being released it was deemed that they were fit to live within society. If you think they're still dangerous then debate step 1, and don't release them. This common sense is running for mayor in 2012. Nuff said.
  • by Keri Location: Dallas,TX on Jul 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    Brian Kanmore is my brother. I know the circumstances and the facts. He is not a violent sexual predator. Women and children are safe. I am not so sure about my brother. With all the bad publicity the community has turned on him. He is homeless because he has no family support in Colorado, no job, and no money. Now everyone knows his face and he needs to get a job to survive. Tell me how this system is suppose to work? My own brother can not stay with me because I have two minor boys. This label sexually violent offender does not leave many options. There a lot of rules and regulations attached with this label. Did the media happen to mention my bother has a curfew everyday, 8 am to 5 pm? He has the GPS tracker on at all times. The media makes it sound like he is prowling the streets and no one is safe. I guess entertainment is worth totally destroying a man's chance to start over. I do not understand this process.
  • by Stephaney Location: Rockrimmon on Jul 10, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    If Ann is correct and all offenders are grouped as SVP's then my point is null and void... that being said, this story is about a SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR, not just a sex offender. Do you people realize you can get thrown on the sex offender list for being drunk and peeing outside? Indecent exposure is a sexual offense. Should these offenders be grouped together with the SVP's and, according to Sonja and Bob, be killed? A bit extreme, I do believe. SVP's, yes they need to be monitored more closely. In Florida there was a Sex Offender encampment where all offenders had to report by 6p and stay put until 7am. Offenders got dropped off here by the courts when they are released from jail. Ultimately the ACLU shut it down. Why can't we do something like that here?
  • by Ann Location: Ga on Jul 10, 2010 at 09:28 AM
    BOB you are basing your statement that sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated on what? There have been many studies done on recidivism by our own government. This is from a study by the USDOJ Re-offense rate averages: auto theft 78%, burglary 74%, robbery 70.2%, larceny 74,6% SEX OFFENSES 3.5% So lets all please get out facts straight. Bob your comment is not helpful. I encourage all of you to put your emotions aside and learn the TRUTH about sex offenders. Since the enactment of the sex offender registry there has not been a drop in the number of sex crimes. Most are committer by first time offenders(USDOJ) 90% of sex offenses are committed by family members or someone already known to the child (USDOJ)...As it was in my case. So it's not the stranger you need to worry about it's your babysitters, coaches etc.
  • by Typical Republican IQ on Jul 10, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    No wonder why Bush got re-elected in 2004 and look how he destroyed America all because you fell for the words "terror" and "WMD"s. You republicans and your logic is ridiculous. But also this is a military town and people in the army got the lowest IQs. Air force just join to watch radar all day to avoid combat. Kerri at least gives me hope that not everyone in this city is a red neck. Maybe you should go to college and take some psychology classes and learn about mental health disorders. Oh and priests too are known to be sex offenders you church going neo-cons.
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 10, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    I think that we could save a LOT of money by just shortening the lifespan of sex offenders. Or making them permanently functional members of society on chain gangs. They're never really 'rehabilitated' and should be treated as such. Rehab=death.
  • by ann Location: ga on Jul 10, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    CPK the recidivism rate for sex offenders is low 5.3% with treatment it is lower 3.5% this is from a study by the us Dept of Justice..Offender treatment works and is effective. Do not believe the media and hysteris that tells you offenders will repeat their's base on a LIE..I have empirical data to back it up!.Sex offender laws are giving you a false sense of enforcement has been stretched to the point where the small % that pose a risk cannot be monitored properly..we need to step back from our emotions and look at this logically..I dont' want any more children to suffer! Oh and we spend millions on people in jail..25k for one year in jail no treatment...5-15k for one year community treatment that works and is effective..and I am not saying that sex offenders should not pay their debt to society..I'm just saying it's not practical to keep SO's in jail
  • by ann Location: ga on Jul 10, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    Sonja here's the problem with the term Sexually violent can be applied to all sex offenders. Sex offenders in this country are not a homogenous group. I agree anyone at risk should not be out living in society, however those that don't pose a risk should be given back their rights after they have paid their debt to society. Just like Kerri said. I am not a sex offender nor is anyone in my family. I was sexually abused as a child by someone KNOWN to me and my family. We have a real problem with the Sex Offender Registry in this country and how we handle sex offenders. 93% of sex offenses are committed by first time offenders! 80% know their victims so it's not the stranger you need to worry about...GPS does not work read the studies..Also many are homless due to residency and work restrictions which have been studied and do not work also they only isolate sex offenders and keep them from stable support systems which increases risk...the current system is not working
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