An audit has found that the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry has lost track of more than 1,700 convicted sex offenders.
The state report released Wednesday by Auditor Suzanne Bump found that the registry lacks adequate policies and procedures to ensure sex offenders are "classified in a timely manner."
The Democratic Bump says the audit found that as of February, the registry lacked current addresses for 1,769 sex offenders. Out of that total, 936 had never been classified at all. More than 300 of those individuals had been convicted of crimes against children.
In a response to the audit, registry officials said they were hampered by laws and regulations that govern the agency's classification process.
The registry had records on nearly 22,000 convicted sex offenders at the time of the audit.