Sex offender’s plans to flee Missouri get scuttled

Yes, registering as a sex offender can be tiresome, but Lawson’s Arlie S. Range thought he had found a way around it.

He would restore a houseboat in Florida and head for the open ocean.

But the seas have gotten a little choppy for Range.

He pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Kansas City to failing to register as a sex offender after authorities learned that he had relocated to a small town not far from the Kennedy Space Center and was preparing an escape.

Range, 44, was convicted in Cedar County, Mo., in 1996 of first-degree statutory sodomy and, after prison, faithfully registered as required. But a month after Range last checked in with the Ray County sheriff in September 2011, a Florida tipster called authorities to say that Range and his wife had moved onto an abandoned houseboat in Geneva.

“The witness further reported that (Range) told her they were doing this because he was tired of having to register as a sex offender in Missouri,” according to court records.

Range hadn’t told Missouri authorities about his plan to move, nor had he registered in Florida.

Seminole County code inspectors reported that they had worked with Range to repair the grounded houseboat and advised that “once the boat was seaworthy, (Range) planned to take it to Alaska to live.”

Those plans will have to wait. He faces a sentence ranging from home detention to 10 years in prison the next time he faces a judge.