Recently, the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the US Marshal’s Service, conducted a Sex Offender residential verification operation. All sex offenders are required to provide their address to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the area in which they reside. Sex offenders are also required to report any change of address to their existing agency as well as a new agency if moving to another jurisdiction. If found in violation of this law, sex offenders who fail to register shall be guilty of a class E felony upon conviction for the first offense and a class D felony for a second offense. Any such failure to register or verify may also be the basis for revocation of parole or probation.
During this two-month operation, three Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office Deputies spent 200 hours, conducted 318 checks, and verified the address of 96 sex offenders. All checks were done outside of normal business hours, and the associated overtime was reimbursed by the US Marshall’s Service.
The Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor all offenders in the county relative to their assigned level of conviction, 1, 2, or 3, with level 3 requiring more intense supervision.
For more information about registered offenders in your area, contact your local police agency or visit www.ny.gov for a statewide listing.