The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 19, 2013

ACSO joins agencies in sex offender check effort

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Members of the East Texas Joint Fugitive Task Force, which includes officers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, AC Constables, the U.S. Marshal’s office and Texas the Department of Public Safety, participated in a mass compliance check on local sex offenders Wednesday morning.

“There are 86 sex offenders in Anderson County that we have to keep watch on,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “Though this effort, officers made contact with 79 of them, with four of those currently in jail, two in nursing homes and one in a neighboring county.

“Five of those were found to be non compliant with possible charges pending,” the sheriff said.

The random compliance check began at 5 a.m. Wednesday and concluded at about noon, with about 25 officers from the various agencies divided into eight groups.

“We do these on a smaller scale at random times during the year, but it takes a lot of manpower to conduct a full-scale check,” Taylor said. “We appreciate all the agencies that worked with us on this.”

Some sex offenders, the sheriff explained, are required to report in to the ACSO on certain days of the week, depending on their sentences. Deputies Steve Whitmore and David Brock are charged with keeping track of these individuals.

“Our goal in this was to put eyes on every offender and make sure we know where they are,” Taylor said.



Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com