Task force seeks sex offenders
A task force of local and federal law enforcement officials entered the homes of several registered sex offenders Thursday night to search their computers for child pornography.
Nevada City Police Sgt. Dan Badour said the task force, consisting of 20 officers including himself, two FBI agents, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies, Grass Valley Police officers and Nevada County Probation officers, searched for sex offenders who had failed to register or were violating their probation.
“We contacted numerous subjects who were sex offender registrants with probation terms, including search and seizure,” Badour said. “Many computers were searched using special technology in an attempt to locate child pornography.”
Badour said no one was arrested. The registrants they searched were all cooperative.
“The mission was very successful and only the first of hopefully many to come in a proactive attempt to protect our children from sexual predators.”
Nancy Anderson, an administrative assistant for the investigations division of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, oversees registered sex offenders living in the sheriff’s jurisdiction.
She said 18 of the 125 sex registrants in the sheriff’s jurisdiction are on probation.
Including sex registrants in Truckee, Grass Valley and Nevada City, there are 166 0sex registrants in Nevada County.
Every sex offender required to register by the courts must re-register every year and every time he moves.
Anderson said one man out of 125 sex registrants in the sheriff’s jurisdiction failed to re-register several years ago and is unaccounted for.
“There are rumors he moved to Alaska, and some people think he’s dead,” she said. “but there really is truly only one.”
She said she is always on the lookout for him. There is a longstanding warrant out for his arrest, and Anderson checks prison records on a regular basis to see if he’s been incarcerated.
“The sheriff is very proud of our record, and so am I,” Anderson said. “It takes a lot of time and effort to keep track of them. Even though they (offenders) may not think it’s important, I do.”
Anderson said she hopes to bring in new software called “Offender Watch” that is currently used by Placer County. The program sends an e-mail to a resident when a sex offender registrant moves into the neighborhood.
“People register for it by putting in their home e-mail addresses,” she said. “It’s immediate notification if a registrant moves in next door. It keeps people up-to-date in their own homes, and they aren’t charged for the service.”
She said the software costs approximately $7,500 for a county to incorporate. Nevada County currently has no plans to use the new technology.
Thursday night’s task force was part of “Project Safe Childhood,” a mission by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to protect children.
For more information on Project Safe Childhood, visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
To see who is registered as a sex offender in your neighborhood, go to http://www.meganslaw.com.
To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4236.
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