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State Police Spend Overtime On Sex Offender Compliance Checks

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Law enforcement is stepping up efforts to protect people through Operation Spring Compliance.

West Virginia State Troopers spent overtime hours on compliance checks on 662 registered sex offenders in the Northern District of West Virginia.

The Northern District of West Virginia consists of 32 counties. 

A program through the U.S. Marshals Service paid for all of those extra hours, to make sure offenders are following the law and the public is safe.

“They're considered dangerous individuals. The crimes are heinous for what they do. They prey on innocent people, normally little kids. As a result of that it causes a lot of damage and causes death. A lot of these people when they get out they are usually repeat offenders,” said Gary Gaskins, a United States Marshal.

Troopers were making sure they had correct information on registered offenders, from their addresses, phone numbers and cars.

Any violation of the WV Sex Offender Registration Act can result in criminal charges being filed.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, as a result of the 662 compliance checks: 573 offenders were in compliance, 15 state arrest warrants for registry violations were obtained (with nine subjects arrested on those warrants), 74 state investigations remain open with possible charges pending, and three federal prosecutions have been initiated.