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Grant funding allows sheriff's department to check on sex offenders

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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:06 pm

On Sunday, Sept. 9, detectives with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department conducted a Sex Offender Compliance Check funded through a federal grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Child Sexual Predator Program.

This activity was part of ongoing efforts to bolster community safety by verifying the information provided by offenders at the time of their registration. The checks involved face-to- face contact and interviews with household members or sometimes neighbors to confirm residency and accuracy of information.

Twenty-eight detectives were involved in the effort. They checked on sixty-two registered sex offenders in the unincorporated areas of Pima County.

Forty-eight of the registered offenders were found to be in compliance with all their obligations. Three of the checks revealed that the data submitted to the Sheriff’s Department was outdated and the registrants no longer lived at the address on record. They were labeled as absconders. In the remaining cases, follow-up investigations will need to be conducted as detectives were not able to collect sufficient information to confirm compliance.

Compliance checks like this one will continue to be conducted.

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