Crackdown on sex offenders not in compliance in Craighead Co.

Crackdown on sex offenders not in compliance in Craighead Co.
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

Tracking sex offenders statewide can be a daunting task, but it can also be a never-ending task on county officials.

As of Wednesday, the Craighead County Sheriff's Department was monitoring 64 registered sex offenders living in the county. However, those numbers change on a daily basis and have over the past 2 weeks.

Sheriff's deputies are cracking down on offenders who don't comply and have already made multiple arrests.

When it comes to sex offenders in the state of Arkansas, the law requires they verify their address once every six months with their local law enforcement agency.

Also they must live where they register.

"Not only that, but they have to tell me who lives in that residence and report those things. If someone is living there that they don't report, that's failure to comply which is a state statute and that's a felony," Deputy Sheriff Jeania Burns explained.

But not every sex offender complies.

Burns has worked as the sex offender coordinator at the Craighead County Sheriff's Department since 2007.

She says recent compliance checks have landed 5 men back behind bars.

One for violating his parole for possession of methamphetamine and 4 others for not living where they were registered.

Burns says some of the homes listed didn't even have utilities.

"If you don't have power and water there, you're obviously not living there," Burns said.

Most sex offenders do stay in compliance according to Burns.

However, the sheriff's department will continue to check up and crackdown on those who are not.

"Ultimately, they may try to lie their way out of it. but as I tell them, the judge will ultimately decide," Burns said.

The deputy sheriff said though those sex offenders weren't at their homes during the compliance checks, they were arrested quickly afterwards.

Of the 64 sex offenders they monitor, 16 homes have been checked as of Wednesday.

Since April 9th, four Region 8 sex offenders have landed themselves back behind bars for failing to comply with registry requirements.

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