MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office conducted its annual county-wide address verification sweep on all registered sex offenders on Friday.
According to Sheriff David Duchak, sheriff’s office deputies, the sweep was conducted in collaboration with deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, officers from the Adult Parole Authority, and Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy, and West Milton police departments along with assistance from the Miami County Communications Center. It is the sixth year for the annual address verification check.
“I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all of the agencies and the staff they provided to assist with the sweep this morning as it wouldn’t have been possible without their help,” said Sheriff Duchak.
No matter where a convicted offender lives in Ohio, as long as they are still required by law to be registering as a sex offender, they must report their residential address to the sheriff of the county in which they lived. The Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) program is who keeps track of the offenders within Ohio’s 88 counties.
In Miami County, deputies are assigned to conduct random address checks throughout the year to ensure compliance, according to Duchak. So far in 2017, prior to Friday’s operation, between those checks and tips from the general public, the sheriff’s office has investigated several complaints of offenders possibly being out of compliance, he said. Out of those investigations, charges have been filed on 12 subjects for being out of compliance. Most received jail or prison time for their violations or are still awaiting their next court appearance. As of Friday, Duchak said, there were no outstanding warrants for out of compliance offenders.
At of the beginning of the sweep, there were 146 registered offenders in Miami County and all registered addresses were checked with 108 addresses being verified. Three offenders were found to potentially be out of compliance. Reports and witness statements were taken, investigations will continue and charges will be filed if necessary, according to Duchak. There was one additional arrest made for a male subject with two outstanding warrants who picked up extra charges for drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. A second investigation into drug possession charges also ended up with charges filed. All remaining addresses will be re-checked randomly by deputies to ensure that those remaining offenders are in compliance with their registration requirements.