Sex offender crackdown: ‘We want the people of Marion County to feel safe’

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By Charlie De Mar

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sep. 10, 2014) - The Marion County Sheriff's Office works tirelessly to keep track of over 1,600 registered sex offenders living the in the county.

Designated deputies like Cpl. Brad Allen are assigned to check on registered offenders.

“We want the citizens of Marion County to feel safe and we figured this is the best way to let those citizens feel safe," said Allen.

Allen goes door to door, checking in on as many as 30 registered sex offenders daily.

“People are scared, people are nervous that there are sex offenders living next door and living close to a school or park," said Allen.

Indiana state law requires law enforcement to conduct compliance checks every three months, but the Marion County Sheriff's Office checks every month.

"Our whole point is not to go out and arrest these individuals," said Allen.  He says the goal is to make sure the sex offenders are compliant with the law.

Allen stopped by several homes while FOX59's cameras rolled. The first stop was to a mobile home park on the south side.  The homeowner wasn't there.

Next, Allen visited Ernest Douglas, convicted of aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.

"All right if you don’t mind signing right there for me," Cpl. Allen instructed Douglas.

Douglas was in compliance and was only required to give his signature.

Tuesday, several agencies completed a back-to-school sex offender sweep, focusing on those offenders hanging out near local schools.

"If you notice the beeping sound, I have a license plate reader and I check a lot of the schools," said Allen.

Allen uses an automatic license plate reader to quickly detect sex offenders who are near schools.

The statistics of that sweep will be released in the coming days.

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