GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A three-day "sweep" of Josephine County by multiple law enforcement agencies found more than 160 registered sex offenders who were out of compliance, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.
"The goals of this mission were to locate and bring into compliance all non-compliant sex offenders in Josephine County, reduce crime, locate and apprehend wanted fugitives, and investigate potential federal charges of failure to register under the Adam Walsh Act," the agency said.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was signed into law in 2006. It mandated that state sex offender registry systems be integrated to share information, helping law enforcement to track the movement of sex offenders, and made it public information. It also strengthened federal punishments for crimes against children, and authorized law enforcement to create regional "internet crimes against children" task forces.
Officers conducted the sweep between January 28 and 30, according to the Sheriff's Office. There were about 687 registered sex offenders living in Josephine County at the time of the sweep — 163 of those were found to be out of compliance with their sex offender registration.
"Out of these 163 non-compliant sex offenders, 66 were found registering and residing in other states around the country and 15 non-compliant sex offenders were located locally and brought into compliance by the issuance of a citation, apprehension, or warning followed by completing the Sex Offender Registration Form," the Sheriff's Office said.
Those not counted as living out of state or found locally were either "deceased, incarcerated, deported" or are still being sought by law enforcement. The U.S. Marshals will pursue federal charges for violations of the Adam Walsh Act, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office said.
The sweep was conducted by a multi-agency partnership between the Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County Parole and Probation, and Oregon State Police.
In particular, the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force is supported through the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, of which Josephine County is part. That task force combines law enforcement agencies and other authorities around the state.
"The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its gratitude for the three day collaborative effort to ensure all resident sex offenders are held in compliance with both state and federal mandates/laws," the agency said.