Authorities Check on Local Sex Offenders

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

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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  • by someonewhocares Location: parkersburg on Dec 15, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    Yes this is a big problem here. I know someone who is a sex offender and gives his parents address so he doesnt have to inform the community. Even though he told everyone he was guilty to get lesser penalty. When you search his name there are two adresses and he has his grandchildren living with him also! When you report that they have not enlisted for the year, its ignored as well. What is that to say for people who have children and come in contact with this person?
  • by Just me Location: Marietta on Dec 11, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    And mel They won't do anything to offenders when they are in violation. I had a registered sex offender move just a couple of houses from me. A sex offender has 3 days to change his address when they move. About 2 weeks after he moved in I notified the sheriff's dept. They did not do a thing about it. He went in and changed his address about 3 weeks later. Well he moved again,and has moved in with an old girlfriend.After 2 weeks I notified the sheriff again,but still nothing was done to him for not registering. This time he told them he was homeless. That is a lie. He is living with his old girlfriend at least 5 nights a week. I have told them right where he is staying,but yet they will not do a thing. Also Mel some sex offenders do not have to register for life
  • by mel Location: marietta on Dec 11, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    not all sex offenders are registered in marietta, I think Marietta police department and washington county sheriff department needs to check their records.
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