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Curry County authorities join US Marshals in sex offender sweep

Curry County Sheriff's Office (SBG photo)
Curry County Sheriff's Office (SBG photo)
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GOLD BEACH, Ore. -- The Curry County Sheriff’s Office participated in a three-day joint operation throughout Curry County on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week, April 23, 24, 25, 2019 along with several officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Oregon State Police, and Brookings, Gold Beach, and Port Orford police departments.

The focus was to bring into compliance all non-compliant sex offenders in Curry County and to look for those who have valid warrants for arrest.

To date, Curry County has 165 total offenders, the sheriff's office says, and of those 42 are non-compliant, meaning they have not kept up their required registration, moved out of state, deported, or a few presumed deceased, among other reasons.

During this joint sweep, 153 compliance checks were attempted, unable to locate 42, verified 93 addresses, verified 18 bad addresses, enforcement action taken 6 times, arrested 2, cited and released 2, and issued 2 warnings.

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

According to the Curry County sheriff, Oregon has the highest non-compliance in the country for sex offenders, and the Marshals reached out to help.

During the sweep, Curry County Parole and Probation were doing compliance checks on probation clients in north county and found one of their probationers in possession of a stolen vehicle out of Lane County.

That subject was arrested and lodged in the Curry County Jail.

Two other stolen vehicles were recovered in south county by deputies and one individual was arrested. There were a total of 14 warrant arrests with 23 warrants cleared.

The U.S. Marshals were the lead agency in the operation and all information was compiled for further action on those who were found to be out of compliance.

The operation was the first of its kind in Curry County, the sheriff said.

The U.S. Marshals have done similar sweeps of this nature in other counties.

The cooperation among all agencies was a key to the successful mission, the sheriff said.

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