MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office conducted another successful countywide sex offender registration sweep on Thursday with help from 21 officers from local agencies and the U.S. marshals.
The sweep was conducted in collaboration with law enforcement officials, including those from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and officers from the Adult Parole Authority (APA), Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy, and West Milton Police departments, as well as assistance from the Miami County Communications Center, Sheriff Dave Duchak said.
At of the beginning of the sweep Thursday, there were 140 registered offenders in Miami County and all registered addresses were checked, with 105 addresses being verified, Duchak said in a press release. Five offenders were found to potentially be out of compliance, he said. Reports and witness statements were taken, investigations will continue and charges will be filed if necessary. All remaining addresses will be re-checked randomly between now and the end of the year by deputies to ensure that those remaining offenders are in compliance with their registration requirements, according to Duchak.
According to Capt. Mike Marion, no additional charges or arrests have been filed from those they did meet with during this year’s sweep. To prepare for the annual check, all 140 offenders’ records are checked by officials to find warrants or other issues. Only one offender had a warrant out of Logan County, which the office was checking as of press time.
Duchak said 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 live. The Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) program keeps track of the offenders within Ohio’s 88 counties, he said.
In Miami County, deputies are assigned to conduct random address checks throughout the year to ensure compliance. So far in 2018, prior to Thursday’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. Out of those investigations, charges have been filed on 11 subjects for being out of compliance. Most received jail or prison time for their violation(s) or are still awaiting their next court appearance.
Miami County has 140 registered sex offenders, down from approximately 175 offenders in 2013. In 2013, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office began quarterly checks, assigning road patrol a set number of offenders to conduct random checks.
Over the last six years, 30 offenders have either been incarcerated for non-compliance or they moved out of Miami County due to stringent checks.
“We’ve had several people tell us that this county isn’t for them because of how strict we are with the rules and regulations, so they pull up stakes and go to another county. I think it’s going really well because we are down 40 offenders in the last six years,” Marion said.
Capt. Marion urged parents to check addresses for offenders prior to Halloween events. Unless an offender is on active parole, they are not prohibited from passing out candy during Halloween.
“We do this every year around Halloween for community awareness. The general public can access the full list or search by zip code to find offenders in their area. We encourage parents and guardians who will be with their children trick-or-treating to look at our website and check the area before they go out and know what addresses to avoid,” Marion said.
Duchak said he appreciates all of the other law enforcement agencies kicking in to help with the sweep.
“I would like to extend a big thanks to all of the agencies and the staff they provided to assist with the sweep … as it wouldn’t have been a success without all of their assistance,” Duchak said Thursday in a press release.
An Offender Look-Up link is available on the sheriff’s website at www.miamicountysheriff.org.