On September 10, 11 and 12, 2013 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
participated in the 2013 Sex Offender verification operation with
several other agencies for the purpose of sex offender status
verifications in Douglas County, according to the Sheriff's Facebook page. Katrina Crouse, U.S. Marshall Service
and Capt. Robert Holmes, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office coordinated the round up of six teams of more than 45 participants.
The agencies included members from the U.S. Marshalls Service, the U.S.
Secret Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Parole, and
The U.S. Secret Service provided
members who were forensic examiners and were available to visually check
computers, cell phone and other media devices for illegal possession of
pornography or possession in violation of their parole or probation
conditions. They also provided Polygraph examiners for immediate
testing of offenders.
The round up allowed the agencies to
verify information on offenders to ensure they are up to date and
complete and to do visual checks on probationers and their property for
any violations of their conditions such as alcohol or drug possession or
illegal possession of pornographic materials.
During the three-day verification process, 129 registered sex offenders were visited and
their status was verified. These included both probation and
non-probation offenders. Verifications included residence
verifications, address, phone numbers, job information, vehicles and
visual checks of their property. Of the 129 verifications completed,
there were 16 arrests with 3 follow up cases for a total of 19 which
include charges of violation of probation and Parole, Violation of the
Georgia Controlled Substance Act (V.G.C.S.A) and failure to register as a
Sex Offender. Sixteen of these arrests were listed sex offenders.