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For Immediate Release

December 17, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Liberty County Operation "CHILDSAFE"

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – During the week of December 10, 2012, the United States Marshals Service for the Southern District of Georgia, in collaboration with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Hinesville Probation Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation COPS grant funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted a compliance check of registered sex offenders in Liberty County, Georgia. More than 20 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers were involved.

Operation “CHILDSAFE” was a two pronged effort of compliance and enforcement. The focus of the compliance operation was a comprehensive physical verification of every offender, their residences, their employment, and compliance with their registration requirements.

The joint operation resulted in the successful location and verifications of 126 sex offenders. Of the 126 offenders that were verified, three were also on state parole, and 39 were on state probation. This operation is a continuation of the remarkable cooperation between the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office and the Georgia State Parole Office. These offices routinely coordinate their efforts in keeping track of registered sex offenders in the Liberty County area. The addition of the other participating agencies allowed for the verifications to be conducted safely in a concentrated time period.

Two subjects were arrested during the course of Operation “CHILDSAFE”. Both were arrested for probation violations. Also one of these persons was charged with a separate offense of Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Two firearms were seized as a result of the combined operation.

The combined efforts of these dedicated law enforcement professionals were instrumental in the successful execution of Operation “CHILDSAFE”. This initiative is the second of many operations planned for the future, in an effort to protect and safeguard our communities and most especially the safety of our children.

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