Local law enforcement agencies teamed up with the Jackson County Sheriff’s department Friday in the second of many county wide sex offender compliance sweeps. Together, about 100 officials nabbed 50 non-compliant offenders. At least one resident was found to be in possession of child pornography, and his case is under investigation. Additional offenders were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Press Release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
On 03-04-2011, in a combined effort, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office joined with nineteen (19) federal and local law enforcement officials metro wide in conducting the second of many county wide compliance sweeps. The sweep, a zero tolerance initiative aimed at verifying the registration information for approximately 160 sex offenders reportedly living within eastern Jackson County, Missouri was a huge success!
Federal Law, known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) as well as the Missouri State Law, and Jackson County Ordinances all require sex offenders to register with the Chief Law Enforcement Official (Jackson County, MO Sheriff’s Office). In accordance with the law, sex offenders may be required to register every 90 days or semi-annually, depending on their conviction. In addition, registration includes a statement in writing signed by the sex offender that includes identifiers, photographs, and information relating to employment, vehicle(s), computer access, contact information, and more.
Approximately 100 law enforcement officials attempted to locate and verify the information of offenders as well as gain compliance of the formerly exempt and non-compliant offenders. The event, scheduled to last from 7am to 7 pm, showed significant results. The following are some of the statistics:
Sex Offender Residence Checks: 160
Non-Compliant Offenders: 50
Computers Previewed: 4
At least one offender was found to be in possession of child pornography, and his case is under investigation. Other individuals were found to possess drug paraphernalia, and narcotics, and the investigators will continue their investigations which may be presented for future charges at the state and federal level.
The laws relating to sex offender registration are in place for public safety, and the Sheriff’s Office is committed to verifying its accuracy and protecting our community. We appreciate this cooperative effort on behalf of all law enforcement involved and anticipate additional initiatives in the future. Assisting in the effort were several agencies to include (alphabetically): Blue Springs, Buckner, Grain Valley, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Tapawingo, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove, and Sugar Creek Police Departments, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Taskforce, Missouri and United States Probation and Parole Offices, United States Marshals Service, and United States Postal Inspection Service.
We would like the public to know that should anyone have any information or questions relating to a sex offender being non-compliant, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement Unit at 816-881-3849.