Sex Offender Compliance Sweep

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UPDATE 5/16/2014 4:15 PM

A major push out of Charleston.

It's called "Operation Black Diamond" and it recently targeted Wood and Wirt Counties.

Federal and state law enforcement officials say 57 of 252 registered sex offenders targeted in the recent sweep are not in compliance with the Sex Offender Registration Act.

Eight of them haven't been found.

"There were more than 300 they went to do checks on. They quickly found out several of them had passed away or were incarcerated," said John Foster, U.S. Marshal, WV Southern District. "After that, they obtained warrants for 20 of them. If they've left the state without registering, then it becomes a federal crime."

This is all part of a statewide operation that's also been conducted in other parts of West Virginia.

In all, more than 1,200 compliance checks have been made.

More than 200 offenders have been found not in compliance.

Holding registered sex offenders accountable.

It's a major sweep across the Mountain State, making sure sex offenders are where they say they are.

West Virginia State Police, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and U.S. Marshal John Foster teamed up Friday to announce the results of the sweep.

More than 250 were checked on in Wood and Wirt Counties.

Of those, 57 were out of compliance.

That could be anything from being registered but living in a different place, or not checking in to probation.

And eight people left the area.

More on this later Friday on WTAP and

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