Results from a month-long sex offender enforcement project that was enforced during the holidays have been revealed Tuesday by Marion County Sheriff John R. Layton.
The enforcement project was funded by an existing federal grant paying sheriff deputies overtime to patrol Marion County checking for sex offenders in violation of state law. Through December, the enforcement project concentrated on commercial shopping areas including malls, strip malls, and major store chains, frequented by children during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
“The Deputies that make up the Sex Offender Registry Unit worked long, hard hours over the holiday season to keep tabs on sexual and violent offenders in high traffic areas drawing children and families. Knowing the whereabouts of these individuals and keeping track of suspicious activity helps to prevent incidents from occurring,” explained Sheriff Layton.
Deputies checked a total of 22,464 license plates utilizing readers purchased through the federal grant
- 73 registered sex offenders were seen frequenting the commercial mall areas.
- 42 persons wanted on warrants associated with vehicles in the commercial mall areas were found.
- One person was arrested for a felony sex offender violation.
The Office of the Marion County Sheriff is responsible for the administration and investigation of more than 1,500 convicted sex offenders registered in Marion County. This number does not include sex offenders residing or visiting Marion County from other parts of Indiana or the United States. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry Unit is embedded with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and staffed by 12 Deputies.