12 sex offenders non-compliant

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County, state agencies, U.S. Marshals check addresses in Operation Gold Vault

By Jeff D'Alessio

This week’s sweep on sex offenders throughout Hardin County found 12 offenders non-compliant.

The U.S. Marshals Service, in partnership with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Radcliff Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Probation and Parole, West Point Police Department, and Vine Grove Police Department conducted Operation Gold Vault Monday through Wednesday.

The officers found 12 individuals non-compliant, which could mean they listed an address and don’t live there or they live near a school or day care. Offenders will be investigated and could face criminal charges, according to a news release.

“Obviously this number is high, but with the U.S. Marshals Service doing these compliance checks, hopefully we will see this number drop in weeks to come,” said Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Virgil Willoughby. “It was a privilege to work with the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the surrounding agencies in conducting such an important enforcement detail.”

The intent was to verify 100 percent of the 173 individuals on the Hardin County sex offender registry. The effort was conducted in accordance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and focused on ensuring compliance with the sex offender registry and tracking down offenders deemed non-compliant, according to a U.S. Marshals office news release.

Officials learned from the operation five offenders are incarcerated, two have died in the last six months and four have lawfully moved outside of the county. A total of 162 compliance checks, were performed by 38 law enforcement personnel, that comprised the operation.

None of the sex offenders with Radcliff addresses were found to be non-compliant. RPD spokesman Bryce Shumate said four members of the RPD staff participated in Operation Gold Vault.

“Thankfully, the city of Radcliff’s people of interest were in compliance,” he said.

Sex offenders who fail to register or keep their registrations current may be subject to up to 10 years imprisonment, and up to 30 years imprisonment if they commit a violent crime while non-compliant, according to a news release.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or  jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.