Sex Offenders Face Checks As Halloween Nears


UPDATED: Wednesday October 27, 2010 7:24 PM

As Halloween nears, authorities in a central Ohio county are taking steps to make sure that registered sex offenders are where they say they are.

On Monday, U.S. Marshals and Pickaway County authorities armed with names, addresses and maps went door-to-door, checking to ensure that offenders are in compliance with the registration process, CrimeTracker 10's Angela An reported.

"We take this seriously," said Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff.  "With Halloween coming up, people are concerned."

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Of the 11 convicted sex offenders assigned to CrimeTracker 10, one was completely off the grid, An reported.

U.S. Marshals said Matthew Sisson registered a home as his address, but the people living there said Sisson only stops by and was not a resident.

As the day went on, most sex offenders being checked were in compliance, An reported.

One offender told 10TV that he agreed with the random checks.

"For other people's safety, I understand it," said Justin, an offender asked that his last name not be revealed.  "I mean, I did something I will regret for the rest of my life, and people are just looking out for people's safety."

Of the 68 registered offenders in Pickaway County, five were found Monday to be out of compliance, An reported.

One of them could not be located.

Authorities said they would issue warrants for their arrests, An reported.

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