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Yolo DA: Surprise checks on sex offenders in county find nearly 98 percent complying with laws

Surprise visits to more than 225 sex offenders in Yolo County found nearly 98 percent were complying with all laws and probation directives, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office reported.

Known as “Operation Vigilance,” the compliance checks were carried out over two days this week. They were coordinated by the District Attorney’s Office in collaboration with all law enforcement agencies in Yolo County. This year’s operation was conducted just before Halloween to maximize the safety of children when are especially likely to be out in their neighborhoods, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

More than 100 law enforcement personnel from 12 local, state and federal agencies participated in the operation. Most of the targeted offenders were previously convicted of rape, child molestation or possession of child pornography. Overall, nearly 98 percent of the sex offenders investigated were in compliance, authorities said. Six were arrested for various violations, including possessing pornographic material, and possessing drugs or alcohol.

While officers were making the home visits with registered sex offenders, forensic examiners searched the offender’s computers, smart phones and other digital storage devices for potential violations. Computer forensic investigators from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, the Sacramento Valley High-Tech Crimes Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security worked together to conduct the specialized searches. Authorities reported that a total of 66 devices were searched and two items were seized during the operation.

“The fact that well over 9 out of 10 of these sex offenders were in compliance shows that collectively we have been successfully supervising sex offenders in the county,” District Attorney Jeff Reisig said in a written statement. “Operation Vigilance serves as an additional deterrent to those known sex offenders who may be prone to re-offend.”

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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