The Kansas City man accused of trying to lure teenage boys into his car for sex in Independence has a prior record.

The Kansas City man accused of trying to lure teenage boys into his car for sex in Independence has a prior record.

Norman E. Davis, of Kansas City, was charged and convicted of promoting prostitution with a person under 18 in Marion County, Ind.

Sentenced in March 2001, Davis served three years in an Indiana prison. When he was released in 2004, he wasn’t required to register as a sex offender. While state legislators in Indiana have been including more convictions that require registration, Davis has not been required to register because his conviction was before changes in state law.

Had he been required, he would have had to update his address when he moved to Missouri.

The importance of a national registry isn’t lost on Capt. John Cato with the Independence Police Department. Any kind of database would help in an investigation, he said.

Had Davis been registered in Indiana, it may or may not have helped police in locating him.

“What’s the likelihood that police would have checked with the right state?” Cato said. “Who knows.”

But police didn’t have to check with Indiana; Davis made himself a possible suspect after providing one of his victims with his full name and phone number, and that teen in turn provided that information to police.

Police arrested Davis on Feb. 15 after witnesses told police that he had been driving to Independence for months and had used various tactics to lure teens into his vehicle.

As many as six teens were reported to have been approached by Davis, who allegedly focused his search in the Lee’s Summit Road and Truman Road area.

In one instance involving a 14-year-old boy, Davis allegedly drove him somewhere other than where the victim asked to be taken and Davis exposed himself to the teenager and attempted to have him touch his genitals, according to court documents.

Davis told members of the media outside the courthouse that he was innocent of the charges, and he later pleaded not guilty in court.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.