Majority of county's sex offenders are registered properly

Most Jackson County sex offenders have registered as required, police found during a multi-agency sweep over the weekend.

During the sweep July 7 and 8, police found found 43 offenders, or 8 percent, of the 537 checked were no longer living at the address registered with law enforcement, and were therefore out of compliance, officials reported today.

"It's very low," Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said. "To go to that many homes and have that many people (be) where they're supposed to be, that's great."

Those out of compliance either filled out the necessary paperwork to get up-to-date, were arrested, or officers got warrants for their arrest later, Carlson explained. Nine arrests were made during the sweep, some with additional charges of drug possession, violating a no-contact order and driving while suspended, or on past warrants.

"In law enforcement, we need to know where these individuals are," Carlson said, adding if a child goes missing, it's helpful to know where offenders are during that search. "It's a safety thing. (Police) are just going to double check."

Sheriff's deputies joined officers from Medford, Phoenix, Talent, Ashland, Butte Falls and Central Point police departments during the sweep. Jackson County Parole and Probation also was part of the operation.

"We covered basically the county from Central Point south," Talent Police Chief Mike Moran said.

Of the cities swept, Central Point had the highest percentage of compliant offenders, as 4 of 120, or 3 percent, did not have up-to-date information on their address registered with police, data collected from the sweep shows. Medford wasn't far behind with 15 of 256 offenders, or 6 percent, out of compliance.

Phoenix had the lowest rate, with 9 of 36 offenders, or 25 percent, out of compliance. In Ashland, 9 of 42 offenders, or 21 percent, were not in compliance.

Additional interagency sweeps are being planned.

"This is being proactive," said Medford police Sgt. Brent Mak. "Nine times out of 10, we find out about it later."

— Ryan Pfeil

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