POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:54am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 10:25am
Nacogdoches County, TX (KETK) — On Friday morning around 5:00 a.m., the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office conducted a check of sex offenders who reside in Nacogdoches County.
Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that there are currently 84 registered sex offenders in Nacogdoches County that report to the sheriff's office.
20 officers were used to conduct the checks that started Friday morning.
Agencies including the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office, U.S. Marshall Service, Texas Department of Public Safety and Adult Probation Office, conducted the county wide checks to make sure that all offenders were in compliance.
Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that of the 84 registered sex offenders who were investigated, six of them will require a follow up investigation.
As of right now we expect at least three warrants to be issued for failure to comply with sex offender registration which is a felony offense.
Sheriff Jason Bridges said the sheriff's office will conduct checks on all sex offenders at random and checks will be conducted frequently to make sure they are in compliance.
These checks are to send a message to all sex offenders that they will be arrested if they are found in violation of their probation agreement.
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 we will get a warrant for their arrest.
Bridges said weeks of planning and coordination among agencies went into this event to make it happen. Officers were divided into teams and had packets of each sex offender to check on. Information gathered by these officers will be sent to investigators who will then conduct a follow up investigation on those sex offenders that we believe are not in compliance.
After the investigation is concluded, a warrant will be sought for their arrest if they are not following the set rules.