At least 10 people were arrested this week during a two-night operation focusing on Sex Offender Compliance and suspects wanted on felony violations, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
The arrests on Wednesday and Thursday were the result of a combined effort by the sheriff’s office Sex-Offender Management and Registration Team or SMART, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Georgia Department of Corrections.
In addition to the arrests with many on multiple charges, authorities checked or served 86 warrants and conducted 61 Sex-Offender Compliance Checks.
Sheriff John T. Darr said he’s pleased with the results of the operation and his office is always ready to team up with federal and state law enforcement partners on con-compliant sex offenders and fugitives.
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“These teams spent hours in the neighborhoods and rural parts of our county in order to make this operation a success and in order to make our community safer,” the sheriff said.
Maj. Randy Robertson, who oversees the management of sex offenders, said the operations enhance their capabilities in tracking down citizens who choose not to follow society’s rules.
“The additional manpower goes a long way in assisting our SMART team with their mission,” Robertson said. “Having the state of Alabama on one side and a federal installation on the other makes it a tough job for our deputies to manage our huge number of offenders while trying to ensure that other sex offenders are not illegally living and working among our citizens in violation of the Adam Walsh Act.”
The federal law requires that most serious sex offenders listed in tier three update their whereabouts every three months under a lifetime requirement. Offenders in the second tier must update their information every six months for 25 years while those listed in tier 1 must update their whereabouts every year with 15 years of required registration. Failure to update the information is a felony under the law.
The sheriff’s office currently manages more than 540 registered sex offenders in Muscogee County.