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Law enforcement conducts 'sex offender sweep' in Curry County

A three-day joint operation between multiple agencies targeted sex offenders in Curry County — making sure they were in compliance.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 10:47 AM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 10:53 AM

GOLD BEACH, Ore. — Over the course of three days last week, a number of law enforcement agencies worked together in an effort to keep tabs on sex offenders registered throughout Curry County.

According to the Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), this "Sex Offender Sweep Operation" took place between April 23 and 25 and included officers from the U.S. Marshals, Oregon State Police, Brookings Police, Gold Beach Police, and Port Orford Police.

"The focus of the joint operation was to bring into compliance all non-compliant sex offenders in Curry County and also to look for those who have valid warrants for their arrest," Sheriff John Ward said.

Curry County contains 165 registered sex offenders, according to the Sheriff's Office, and 42 of those are considered non-compliant — "meaning that they have not kept up their required registration, moved out of state, deported or a few presumed deceased among other reasons."

The sweep consisted of 153 attempted compliance checks, with 93 addresses verified, 18 "bad addresses" verified, two offenders arrested, two cited and released, and two issued with warnings. 42 offenders could not be located.

"During the sweep, law enforcement was able to get 12 offenders back in compliance," Sheriff Ward said.

At the same time, Curry County Parole and Probation officers were also conducting compliance checks on their clients in North County when they came upon a probationer with a vehicle reported stolen in Lane County.

"That subject was arrested and lodged in the Curry County Jail. Two other stolen vehicles were also recovered in the South County by deputies and one individual arrested," Sheriff Ward said.

Officers made 14 warrant arrests and cleared 23 warrants, the agency said.

"The U.S. Marshals were the lead agency in this joint operation and all information was compiled for further action on those who were found to be out of compliance. This joint operation was the first of its kind here in Curry County," Sheriff Ward said.

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