FoCo Sheriff releases recent findings on registered sex offenders

Michelle Hall

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(Forsyth County, GA) The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is continuing to keep close tabs on registered sexual offenders in the area.

Operation Watchful Eye is an annual statewide effort of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association that began in 2015 to conduct compliance of state registration laws and residence checks for registered sex offenders across the state. It is held during a period of one week each year. This year it was held October 24-31.

In a post published on the FCSO Facebook page on Tuesday, November 8, the department announced its recent findings:

  • 15 annual registrations were conducted
  • No new sex offenders were registered
  • 210 address checks were completed by the Sex Offender Registry Unity, the Warrant Unit and the Department of Community Supervision
  • No arrests were made during address checks
  • No absconders were found
  • All 136 active sex offenders were found to be in compliance with the registry

“Because of the team’s efforts to keep track of the sex offenders, we have had no absconders, no residence violators or new charges,” stated FCSO Public Information Officer Stacie Miller. “The Department of Community Supervision also checks those offenders that are on probation as well.”

Miller also said the FCSO Sex Offender Registry Unit conducts residence checks quarterly. Offenders must notify the FCSO if they are moving or an arrest warrant will be issued. Sexual offenders are also required to register annually with the department. Miller adds an offender who is deemed to be a sexually dangerous predator is required to register twice a year. Sex offenders must also register their vehicles with the Sheriff’s Office.

The public can search for sex offenders in their area on the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office website.

Georgia sexual offenders

In the Facebook post, the FSCO also published a news release from the Georgia Sheriff’s Association about its annual sexual offender operation statewide:

  • 66 Georgia Sheriffs were involved
  • 42 sex offenders were arrested
  • 117 were warrants issued

Georgia Sheriffs are mandated by law to register sex offenders and inform the public of where they live, work and go to school.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, email Michelle Hall at michelle.hall@newsbreak.com

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