Authorities Check on Local Sex Offenders

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When someone commits a sex crime involving children, that person must register as a sex offender. This benefits the community by letting people know where these offenders live, and exactly what they're convicted of. However, some may wonder if all sex offenders follow the rules.

The United States Marshals Service is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies on both sides of the river to make sure sex offenders are in compliance with their registration laws.

Authorities in Wood, Washington, Athens and Monroe counties spent the week knocking on doors of all registered sex offenders to confirm that they are where they're supposed to be, and that they're in compliance.

As of Friday afternoon, the operation was still in force in Athens County, but so far, out of the 374 registered sex offenders in these counties, 12 percent were found non-compliant and seven arrests were made.

Authorities say the goal is to have a 100 percent compliance.

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