Special to Tyler Morning Telegraph
The Smith County Sheriff's Office has completed a check of sex offenders who reside in the county and found that 14 were out of compliance.
A total of 359 individuals were investigated Sept. 14-15.
Officials with the sheriff's office said that verification checks of this type are unannounced and comprehensive.
The compliance check included a team of approximately 30 officers, including members of 13 different local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, coordinated with the U.S. Marshals Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
"Verification checks send a message to all sex offenders that they will be arrested if they are out of compliance of their sex offender registration requirements," said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith. "An offender has strict requirements. If they violate any of their sex offender registration requirements, a warrant will be issued for their arrest."
Smith added, "It took two days to conduct this verification check, but it took a lot of task force members hundreds of hours of planning and coordination to make it happen. Having the right people and the right number of people assigned to this effort was key and I am grateful to each one of them for their hard work."
Participating agencies included the Tyler Police Department, Smith County Precinct Constables Office Precincts 2, 3 and 4, Smith County Adult Probation Office, Longview Police Department, Longview Fire Department, Henderson Police Department, Winnsboro Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Attorney General Office-Fugitive Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice-OIG.
To report information on a sex offender, call 903-590-2680.