Butler Co. sheriff announces results of sex offender sweep

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Several police agencies in Butler County have announced the results of a weeklong sweep aimed at verifying the residency of sex offenders in the county.

The U.S. Marshals Service, the Butler County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Butler County Adult Probation, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and SOFAS all worked together in an effort known as Operation Neighborhood Watch. The initiative is designed to keep the public safe by ensuring that these offenders are complying with sex offender registration obligations and residing where they have reported.

In Butler County, 32 out of the four hundred and seventy-two (472) registered sex offenders checked were found to be out of compliance and are facing possible local charges including additional charges of firearms violations, drug trafficking, and parole violation. In addition, 15 other subjects were arrested on other criminal charges.

"Daily, the Butler County Sheriff's Office registers and checks sex offenders, however, with the recent layoffs we have experienced we greatly appreciate the Marshals assistance in such a large operation," said Sheriff Richard Jones.

To search for sex offenders in Butler County, visit www.butlersheriff.org, and click on the tab indicated as "Sexual Offenders."

If you reside outside of Butler County, you can also conduct your own sex offender search by going to Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification, one of the nation's preeminent applications for locating and tracking registered sex offenders. For more details, please visit: www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us

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