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4 warrants to be issued after Nacogdoches Co. sex offender sweep

4 warrants to be issued after Nacogdoches Co. sex offender sweep
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:43pm

Nacogdoches County authorities expect to issue at least four arrest warrants for sex offenders who are not registered and are not in compliance with law enforcement. A total of nine out of 86 sex offenders require follow up investigations.

On Wednesday around 7:00 a.m., the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office conducted a verification check of sex offenders who live in the county. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated there are currently 86 registered sex offenders in Nacogdoches County whom report to their office.

Fifteen officers were used to conduct the checks. Agencies included the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshall Service and Texas Department of Public Safety. 

As of right now, at least four warrants are expected to be issued for failure to comply with sex offender registration, which is a felony offense.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office makes random checks on sex offenders throughout the year in Nacogdoches County. This is the second check within a year where all sex offenders were checked at once.

These checks send a message to all sex offenders they will be arrested if found in violation of their probation agreement, said Sheriff Bridges. Normally, an offender has strict rules tied to their release, which can include a specific location in which they are allowed to and designated to live. If they are found to be living somewhere other than that location, or if they violate any other aspect of their release agreement, then an arrest warrant will be obtained.

Weeks of planning and coordination among agencies went into this event to make it happen, said Bridges. Officers were divided into teams and had packets of each sex offender to check on. Information obtained by these officers will be sent to investigators who will then conduct a follow up investigation on those sex offenders believed to not be in compliance.   

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