The punishment for minor registration violations are out of hand. Case in point, this story out of West Virginia:
BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia State Police have made an arrest for a man failing to update his sex offender registry.
John Paul Shipman, 43, of Adrian, was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender — life registrant, a felony.
In September 2016, Trooper C.C. Mayle was conducting sex offender registry verifications and located Shipman’s residence on Millertown Road, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Mayle observed a blue truck outside the residence and Shipman said it belonged to his girlfriend.
However, Shipman allegedly admitted that he had driven the vehicle to the end of the road to check mail and back to his residence. Mayle told Shipman this was in violation of his responsibilities as a registered sex offender and that the vehicle was supposed to be registered if he had access to it.
Mayle also told Shipman that he did not have a valid driver’s license and that he was not to be driving the vehicle, according to the complaint.
Shipman was convicted of a sexual offense in June 1995 which required him to register as a sex offender for life, according to the criminal complaint. Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $75,000.
If convicted, Shipman faces imprisonment in a state correctional facility for one to five years.