Law enforcement holds annual sex offender sweep

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sex offender address verification sweep on all registered sex offenders in Miami today. This is the eighth consecutive year conducting the county-wide verification. The sweep was conducted in collaboration with 27 law enforcement officials, working alongside sheriff’s office deputies. Other officials included deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, officers from the Adult Parole Authority (APA), along with the Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, and Troy police departments as well as assistance from the Miami County Communications Center.

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, according to Sheriff Dave Duchak. The sheriff’s office Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) program is who keeps track of the offenders within Ohio’s 88 counties. Every sheriff is responsible for keeping track of registered offenders within his/her county, Duchak said.

In Miami County, deputies are assigned to conduct random address checks quarterly throughout the year to ensure compliance. So far in 2020, prior to Tuesday’s operation, between those checks and tips from the general public, the sheriff’s office has investigated 25 complaints of offenders possibly being out of compliance. According to Duchak, out of those investigations, charges have been filed on 15 subjects for being out of compliance. Most received jail or prison time for their violation(s) or are still awaiting their next court appearance, he said. As of Tuesday, there is one outstanding warrant for an out-of-compliance offender as he remains at-large.

At of the beginning of the sweep on Tuesday there were 158 registered offenders in Miami County and all registered addresses were checked with 121 addresses being verified, Duchak said. There were no offenders found to be out of compliance. Should any of the remaining offenders be found to be non-compliant, investigations will be opened and charges will be filed if necessary, he said.

There was one arrest made on Tuesday for an unrelated outstanding warrant, as well as another arrest for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 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.

“I would like to thank all of the law enforcement personnel who assisted with the sweep this morning, as it would not have been a success without all of their assistance,” Duchak said.

For more information or questions about the SORN program or Tuesday’s operation, call the Miami County Sheriff’s Office SORN Division at (937) 335-8343 and ask for Carol Foster.