Joint operation to put sex offenders’ faces on billboards around Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 8, 2014) – Sex offenders who fail to register should be on alert--your face will end up all around the city of Indianapolis.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and Crime Stoppers announced a joint operation this holiday season to find sex offenders who have active warrants for failing to register.

There will be three billboards—a digital billboard near the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a static billboard at I-65 North at Lafayette Road and another at Washington Street and Highland Avenue—showing the names and pictures of dozens of sex offenders who have failed to register. The signs will prominently display the phone number for Crime Stoppers, (317) 262-TIPS.

The billboards were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch.

U.S. Marshal Kerry Forestal said the offenders featured on the billboards haven’t fulfilled their obligation to register. Those offenders are being told to surrender or police will soon find them.

“We are grateful to have such incredible partners in the United States Marshal Service and Crime Stoppers to work with to track down sex offenders in Marion County,” said Marion County Sheriff John Layton. “It is important for people to understand that we work together daily to put sex offenders who refuse to comply with the law back behind bars, but especially around the holidays, we like to make it very obvious to the public that we are looking out for their safety, and greatly appreciate the information that they can provide to help us track down sex offenders who refuse to register.”

Steve Dubois, director of Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, urged anyone with knowledge of the offenders' whereabouts to step forward. He reminded them that tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers and are eligible for a reward.