Two-day sex offender sweep leads to arrests

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2014) – A two-day sweep for sex offenders in Marion County led to multiple arrests this week.

The “Back to School” sweep included the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Beech Grove Police Department, Lawrence Police Department and Speedway Police Department. Officers conducted the sweep on Monday and Tuesday.

The main objective was to find sex offenders who’d failed to register. Police conducted patrols near school zones throughout Marion County and also conducted compliance checks for sexually violent predators.

Police cleared 52 warrants during the operation, including 22 for failure to register as a sex offender, six for robbery, six for criminal confinement, two for child molestation, one for domestic battery and one for murder. Investigators performed 197 compliancy checks for sex offenders.

In addition, a tip during the operation led U.S. Marshals in Chicago to make an arrest in a child molestation case.

Investigators used vehicles with ALPR (automatic license plate readers) to patrol near 97 schools and 20 parks throughout the county.

Before the sweep, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office sent out a “wanted” poster with the names and faces of nine people. Of them, two—Dejuan Daniels and Patrick Bratton—were captured. Another, Anthony Smith, saw himself on the news and turned himself in.

Oliver Johnson, Donzahe Pearson, and Travis Dennison were all arrested with warrants for failure to register as a sex offender.

Other arrests included:

  • Carla Howard, who had a warrant for three counts of child molestation
  • Rondale Conway, who had warrants for four counts of robbery and four counts of criminal confinement
  • Scott Kiefner, who had a warrant for murder

Sheriff John Layton praised the multi-agency cooperation needed to carry out the operation.