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Law enforcement agencies conduct Smith County sex offender compliance checks

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Sheriff's Office has completed a check of sex offenders who reside in the county, and a number of them were out of compliance.

Sheriff's officials say there are 320 individuals who were investigated on June 12 and 13. Of the 320, 25 were found to be out of compliance. The checks, they said, are unannounced and comprehensive.

These checks, coordinated with the U.S. Marshals Service Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, included a team of 40 officers. The officers were from 12 different local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

"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. He adds, "An offender has strict requirements. If they violate any of their sex offender registration requirements, a warrant will be used for their arrest."

According to Sheriff Smith, "It took a lot of task force members hundreds of hours of planning and coordination to make it happen. 
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