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Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Enticement of a Child Charges in Daviess County

Joseph Ray Kerns. Photo by Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail.

A convicted sex offender was taken into custody by the King City Police Department on Wednesday on allegations of enticement of a minor.  

Thirty-two year old Winston resident Joseph Ray Kerns is on an investigative hold in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.  

Kerns is registered on the sex offender registry managed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  According to information from the Patrol, Kerns was convicted of Statutory Rape in the 1st degree of a 13-year old child in Springfield, Missouri in 2009 for a 2006 offense.  His work address is listed as McDonalds in Cameron.

Kerns also has convictions for Assault in the 2nd degree; Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer; Domestic Assault; Making a Terrorist Threat; and Tampering with a motor vehicle.  He was released from the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2018.

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