MIAMI COUNTY — Approximately 160 people in Miami County were greeted by law enforcement officials knocking on their doors on Tuesday morning. During that time, Miami County Sheriff’s Office completed their annual sex offender address verification operation, checking to make sure that the registered sex offenders in Miami County are living where they are supposed to be living and are in compliance with the law.
The following preliminary numbers resulted from the combined agency sweep:
• Total addresses checked: 161 (does not include one homeless offender)
• Total addresses verified: 128
• Door hangers left/re-checks needed as no one was home: 29
• Reports/investigations started for non-compliance: 4
“It’s a good team effort,” Chief Deputy Dave Duchak with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said. “We wouldn’t be able to do an annual detail without the great cooperation of state, federal, and local (agencies).”
Teams are assigned locations and addresses to check up on geographically.
“They go out and simply knock and verify they (the offenders) are living there,” Duchak explained. “It lets the offenders know that they’re not living where (they should be living).”
The annual sweep also lets the public know that the county is making sure that registered sex offenders are in strict compliance with the law.
“It’s a public safety issue,” Duchak said, when asked about the importance of this annual sweep. “It’s also to ensure offenders stay in compliance … We just want them to be compliant and follow the law.”
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office reported that the “sweep went smoothly due to the professionalism and cooperation of all agencies and their respective officers.”
The following law enforcement agencies participated in the operation: Piqua Police Department, Troy Police Department, Covington Police Department, West Milton Police Department, Tipp City Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, United States Marshals Service, Miami County 911 Communication Center, Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
Miami County has a total of 162 registered sex offenders, and the breakdown of the offenders’ statuses includes:
Status determination post Adam Walsh Act, or offenders convicted after Jan. 1, 2008:
• Tier I: 29
• Tier II: 41
• Tier III: 7
Status determination prior to the Adam Walsh Act, or offenders convicted prior to Jan. 1, 2008:
• Sexually Oriented Offender: 46
• Habitual Offender: 12
• Sexual Predator: 27
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