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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 29, 2011

Southern District of Ohio
William L. Taylor, Senior Inspector (937) 225-2917;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

Operation Neighborhood Watch Completed in Greene County, Ohio
Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces to Protect our Communities
Xenia, OH – The United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of Ohio, the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Greene County Adult Probation Department, Xenia Police Department, Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department conducted a joint law enforcement compliance operation designed to verify the current residences of offenders living in Greene County, Ohio.

On June 27 - 28, 2011, Deputy Sheriffs, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Adult Parole and Probation Officers, along with officers from Xenia, Beavercreek and Fairborn Police teamed up to verify the residences of registered sex offenders. The teams visited and attempted to verify residency of over 150 registered sex offenders to ensure the offenders are in compliance with their sex offender registration requirements. This initiative is a law enforcement effort that is designed to keep the public safe by ensuring that these offenders are complying with sex offender registration obligations and residing where they have reported.

In Greene County, 13 offenders were found to be out of compliance and are facing possible local charges. In addition, three subjects were located and arrested based upon warrants issued for their arrest for violations other than sex offenses.

Sheriff Gene Fischer said, “This was a collaborative effort between the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Greene County Adult Probation Department, Beavercreek Police Department, Fairborn Police Department and the Xenia Police Division. This type of operation benefits all the citizens of Greene County and makes the county a safer place for the citizens and families. In these tough economic times it just makes sense to utilize all the resources that are available to insure the safety of the citizens of Greene County and that is what we have done in this event. I would like to publicly thank each agency that participated in this event and assisted the Sheriff’s Office with a contribution of manpower and resources.”

Senior Inspector Bill Taylor of the Dayton United States Marshals Office said, “Through force multiplying over the past two days, we have accomplished several tasks.  We have identified those offenders who are not in compliance and made our communities safer and we have verified that the majority of the offenders are doing exactly what they are required to do by law.”

One of the offenders arrested during this sweep was Sean Channels who was wanted for local warrants and was found to be out of compliance and not living at his registered address. His profile is available on Facebook showing him with several firearms.

To search for sex offenders in Greene County and learn more about your local Sheriff’s office efforts, please visit http://www.co.greene.oh.us/sheriff/ and click on the tab indicated as “Greene County Sex Offenders Registry”

If you reside outside of these two counties, you can also conduct your own sex offender search. One of the most important programs in the State of Attorney General's office is eSORN, Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification. One of the nation's preeminent applications for locating and tracking registered sex offenders. You are encouraged to take advantage of the many tools on this website to protect yourself and those you care about. You will find information about how to sign up to receive automated messages when a sex offender moves near a location you care about (your daycare provider, home, work, etc.) and how to submit tips to investigators on offenders within the system. The site also features information on the "Most Wanted" fugitives and persons who have failed to register. You can search the database records by county and name. This database is linked to all 88 Ohio County Sheriff's offices and all 32 correctional facility records offices of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. eSORN provides one location for all Ohio law enforcement officials to freely share information on registered sex offenders. Also available on this website is a concise breakdown of the various changes to Ohio's SORN law. Each sex offender who is legally required to register must provide the county sheriff with his or her name and address, his or her classification, the offense(s) for which he or she was convicted and have a picture taken and be fingerprinted. The Sheriff's office must then provide the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation with that information to store and to post on eSORN. For more details please visit: www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us .

The U.S. Marshals Service is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations and related offenses in connection with violations of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was enacted July 27, 2006. As part of this Act, the U.S. Marshals Service has been directed to assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders. Offenders that are found residing out of state can be charged federally and often those charges carry more severe penalties. To ensure the safety of children across the country, the U.S. Marshals Service implemented an aggressive enforcement strategy. Since the law was enacted the United States Marshals Service has arrested 9,160 fugitives for Sex Offenses, Failure to Register and Failure to Comply with Sex Offenders Registration Requirements.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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