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Police arrest registered sex offender for not disclosing all online identifiers

Updated February 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM CST:  We have an update to a story we brought you last month.  The wife of a registered sex offender in Joplin admitted to advertising babysitting services at their home.

Today, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office announced they arrested the registered sex offender but he faces a charge that is not related to his wife's advertisement on CraigsList.

Law enforcement officials say it's all about being accountable to Missouri statute.  Sex offenders in the state have to re-register with police every 90 days:  the convicted felon's home address, driver's license, description of vehicle, even DNA are among the different types of information required.  Online identifiers - online usernames and e-mail addresses, are also required.

"It doesn't say you can't have those things, it just says tell us if you do," says Jasper County prosecutor Dean Dankelson.

Authorities say Robert Charboneau, 44 of Joplin, did not report all of his online identifiers.

"One of the things that we do find, on occasion, is people who entice children over the Internet and that's just another way for sex offenders to go out and find the people they're going to commit their crimes against," says Dankelson.  "All the online identifiers do is allow us to see if they're using the social media to engage in that activity."

"The information that we gather is anticipatory information gathering, so in the event they suddenly disclose where they're at anymore," says Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.

However, not all of this information is available to the public.  Police say some of that information is meant for their use only.

"That's for the legislators to decide," says Dankelson.  "But what's important is that information is available to law enforcement."

"We have over 300 registered sex offenders in the county and so making sure their day to day in compliance in everything they need to be in compliance with is obviously a very difficult task," says Sheriff Kaiser.

Regardless of what information is available to whom, police say the public plays an important part of ensuring accountability.

Charboneau now faces a Class D felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.  He has since bonded out of jail and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Posted January 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM CST:  Babysitting services are offered at the home of a Joplin registered sex offender.

KOAM and Fox 14 received a tip about a babysitting service in Joplin being advertised on CraigsList.

The ad was written by the sex offender's girlfriend, Mary Ellen, who wants to baby sit in her home only.

Her home is also where Robert Charboneau lives, a registered sex offender.  The address is 925 Chestnut Avenue in Joplin.

Court documents show in 2006 Charboneau, who was 37 at the time, was arrested for molesting a 15 year old girl.  Police say Charboneau said he was aroused after watching "Girls Gone Wild" on television.

We visited Charboneau's home today where he told us he's away at work while his girlfriend baby sits.

"I come home, she's like 'well, I babysat today and got some money', I'm like 'ok'," says Charboneau.  "What am I supposed to do?  I can't say anything about it.  Nobody can say anything to me about it.  I'm not there.  Jasper County knows all about it.  They don't say anything.  They tell me it's ok."

Not everyone is okay with this idea.

Neighbors say they didn't realize they were living next to a registered sex offender and don't think any children should be near Charboneau.

 The CraigsList ad offers babysitting but not daycare services.  Police say there's a difference.

After our interview, deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office also visited Charboneau's home.

Police tell us Mary Ellen and Charboneau promised to no longer offer daycare services.  However, Mary Ellen asked police if she could care for other kids if she lived at a different home.

Police said yes, as long as Charboneau is not there while she is babysitting.

Charboneau continues to be listed as a compliant sex offender.

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