Most registered offenders in Porter County where they should be
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 28, 2013 11:18PM
Updated: April 28, 2013 11:40PM
VALPARAISO — The majority of the county’s registered sex or violent offenders were in compliance with the county’s registry during checks conducted by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department from April 15 to 19, which included a verification of residence for the offenders living within the county.
Officers checked 95 registered offenders at various times of the day and night and found 84 were compliant with the registry. Six offenders were already incarcerated prior to the check. Two offenders were in violation and reports were sent to the prosecutor’s office requesting charges be filed for registry violations. Three offenders require further investigation.
State statute requires law enforcement to personally visit each sex or violent offender at the offender’s listed address at least once a year. Law enforcement is also required to visit each sex or violent offender who is designated a sexually violent predator at least once every 90 days.
State statute requires only a minimum number of residence checks. However, this does not prevent law enforcement from making additional random checks to ensure that the offender stays compliant with the sex or violent offender registry guidelines.