Cops Having Difficult Time Tracking Homeless Sexually Violent Predators

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email
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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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