On Friday, October 18, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office hosted a county wide compliance check initiative targeted at those individuals required to register as sex offenders in Shelby County. A registered sex offender must keep the government up to date with certain details such as the locations of their residence and employment as well as contact information. The purpose of the compliance checks were to determine if those persons living within Shelby County that are required to registered as sex offenders were reporting these details as required by law. Not meeting one’s registration requirements is a Felony Offence.
Eighty registered sex offenders were investigated on Friday morning; the vast majority (over seventy) receiving home visits form law enforcement personnel. The only person’s not visited were those who were determined to have been incarcerated at the time of the checks.
Eleven follow up investigations will be made over the next several days to verify those persons who were not at home on Friday when the checks were conducted.
Eleven sex offenders were found to be out of compliance, thus far, and will have criminal charges pressed against them for their violations of state law.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge and thank the following agencies who took part in the compliance checks:
The Texas Department of Public Safety, United States Marshall’s Service, Center Police Department, Timpson Police Department, Tenaha City Marshall’s Office, Shelby County Adult Probation, and the Constables of Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.