Jun 12, 2010 10:43 PM by Matt Stafford

Checking up on local sex offenders

This weekend law enforcement is hitting the streets, trying to whittle down the list of Colorado's 100 most wanted sex offenders.

"Several of the offenders have been on the list for a number of years, just trying to locate them, bring them to justice," says Sgt. William Burns with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "Let the sex offenders know that we're still keeping our eyes on them."

The Sheriff's office is adding eight detective patrols to 80 agencies participating in the search for fugitives, as well as the completing compliance checks of local sex offenders. It's all part of a program through the U.S. Marshals office known as "Operation Shepherd"

News First 5 rode along with a patrol handling two districts; checking names off the list as they go from home to home.

"We'll probably have anywhere from 60 to 70 registered sex offenders," Detective Joe Kelemen says.

It's a job that doesn't always get a welcome greeting at the door. If the deputies get no answer, a bright pink note lets the resident know to contact the Sheriff's Office.

"It (the pink note) tells them that annually we will go to their residential address and confirm that all of their information is correct," Detective Tammy Gugliotta explains.

Sometimes that information is hard to come by.

"They don't like us showing up at their door." Gugliotta says, but adds that doesn't stop the job from getting done. If the sex offenders don't comply, arrest warrants could be the next step.

"Tough job, but somebody's got to do it," says Gugliotta.

For those who don't want them stopping by, just a couple of answers will send the detectives on their way.

As for the 100 most wanted sex offenders, the U.S. Marshals office is doing most of the investigation and tracking of the fugitives.

You can see the complete list by clicking here.

Operation Shepherd began in 2008. After last year's initiative, nearly 200 people had been arrested and almost 4,000 sex offender compliance checks had been made.


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