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Tue, April 23

Sheriff cracks down on sex offenders

In an effort to keep better track of sex offenders, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office for the first time conducted spot checks Friday on some of the county's approximately 300 registered sex offenders.

Detectives randomly contacted 78 of about 300 sex offenders in Kingman, Golden Valley and Dolan Springs, MCSO spokesman Steve Johnson said.

This is the first time the sheriff's office has conducted a check of sex offenders at one time on a large scale.

In the past, detectives conducted contacts usually on an individual basis, he said.

"We wanted to see what kind of results we would get," Johnson said.

Of those contacted, 28 offenders were contacted at home.

The sheriff's office attempted to contact 28 other offenders, but who were not at home when deputies arrived.

The 28 on the list, who were not contacted, will be checked again by deputies until they are contacted, Johnson said.

Nine offenders had moved from the area without notifying the sheriff's office.

Six offenders were in jail or in state prison.

Nine of the offenders gave false addresses, he said.

Those who gave false addresses or who do not have a good reason for not notifying the sheriff's office could face jail time, he said.

"This is to send a message to those (sex offenders) who think they can relax and not worry about registering," Johnson said.

"One way or another someone has got to check up on them."

Johnson said MCSO will continue to conduct spot checks on large numbers of offenders in the future.

Crimes committed by sex offenders range from indecent exposure, child molestation, sexual assaults and rape.

Of the 300 sex offenders in the county, only one is a woman, he said.

Sex offenders are classified in three levels; from level one, or the least dangerous; to level three, the most dangerous or with the highest chance of reoccurrence.

Those randomly selected in Friday's spot check were classified in all three levels, he said.

State law specifies that a person convicted of a sex offense in any state and lives in Arizona, must register with the local sheriff's office within 10 days of conviction or 10 days of relocating to any county in Arizona, he said.

A registered sex offender who changes addresses must notify the sheriff's office in the county they are registered within 72 hours.

Anyone who fails to comply with the law could face additional felony charges, he said.

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