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Registered sex offender is charged with molesting two new victims in Springfield

Daniel Andrew Pyburn was previously convicted of indecency with a child in Texas

April 16, 2012|Emily Rittman, Ben Knaup | Reporter, Photographer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - New charges are filed against a convicted sex offender that was living off and on in two different counties. Prosecutors say Daniel Andrew Pyburn molested two new victims in Springfield from 2009 until February of this year.

Pyburn last registered in Polk County Missouri in February of this year. In the small community of Morrisville, Sheila Rowe was surprised to learn a sex offender lived nearby. “It made my stomach hurt a little bit,” Rowe said while looking at the picture of Pyburn on the Polk County Sex Offender Registry.

In 1990 in Texas, Pyburn was convicted of indecency with a seven year old child. He is now facing seven new counts including sodomy and child molestation for two victims in Springfield. “Both of the child victims disclosed numerous incidents of sexual abuse,” Greene County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ami Miller said. “There were multiple acts described by both victims.”

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When KSPR News stopped by the address Pyburn registered with the Polk County Sheriff's office, a vehicle registered with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in his name sat in the driveway but no one answered the door. “If he is going to continue to commit these types of crimes against children, it leads me to believe he is a danger to the community,” Miller said. “Of course he is innocent until proven guilty but it raises a lot of red flags for us.”

Morrisville neighbors may not recognize Pyburn because according to court documents he lived with a woman in Springfield half the time. “That's just kind of a loop hole in the law,” Miller said. “Perpetrators can get away with putting one address down if they go back and live at that address for a few days a week and then go live at another address for a few days a week.” Miller says some states allow dual registry meaning if a sex offender lives at one home several days a week and another the rest of the week they can register both addresses. Miller says Missouri does not allow dual registration.

Prosecutors are recommending a $250,000 bond because Pyburn is a convicted sex offender.

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