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Sheriff Makes Surprise Visit To Sex Offenders

Searches of the homes of 30 high-risk sex offenders find 29 are in compliance with their probation.

Marin County law enforcement officers made unannounced probation compliance checks and searches of the residences of 30 high-risk sex offenders Thursday evening. The search included offenders living in Kentfield.

Twenty-nine of the 30 registered sex offenders were in substantial compliance with the terms of their probation for sex offenses, Marin County Probation Department Supervisor Matt Perry said.

There is a pending investigation regarding a possible technical violation by one of the registered sex offenders, Perry said.

The probation compliance checks were made in Novato, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Kentfield and Marin City.

Four teams comprised of Marin County sheriff's deputies, Novato and San Rafael police and the county probation department conducted the checks.

Perry said the cooperation of law enforcement enables the probation department to "provide a consistently high level of supervision with this offender population."

He said, "These type of operations send a message to the offenders and community that we are working together to monitor this population of offenders within our community."

— Bay City News

Shana Rowan March 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Oh my gosh! You mean...sex offenders DON'T always re-offend? You mean the one "non-compliant" sex offender is being investigated for a "possible technical violation" and not a new sex crime?? The world must be ending!! Maybe the sheriff can concentrate on tracking actual criminals committing actual crimes now.
Eric Knight March 25, 2012 at 07:23 AM
I'm assuming all the sex offenders whom were searched were either on probation or parole. The newspaper is negligent in reporting that fact. If the registrants were NOT on probation or parole, they had every right to deny law enforcement entry to their home, let alone permission to search without a warrant.
Derek Wilson March 25, 2012 at 08:08 AM
The report suggests the law enforcement officers were checking to make sure these people were compliant with the terms of their parole.
JuliannaSmith March 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It's a good thing that authorities are getting to these issues as quickly as possible as several related issues are becoming rampant these days. I am a parent and I'm worried and I don't want anyone to experience threatening cases like this especially my kids. As a way of helping everyone especially the parents, who still find it quite hard to manage issues like this, I found this great application which featured safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com
Shelly Stow March 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
And with the last posting, the impetus for keeping the public terrified needlessly becomes crystal clear; the sex offender industry of today is a money-making and vote-getting industry that those who profit from are not going to give up, no matter how much evidence is against it, without fighting, clawing, and scratching every step of the way.

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