SOLO Check successful
Big Thicket Messenger - April 2007
The Liberty-Chambers Counties Sex Offender Compliance Unit, known as the SOLO Unit (Sex Offender Location Operation), recently completed a regular sex offender compliance check.
The SOLO Unit is composed of officers from different law enforcement agencies in Liberty and Chambers counties and from representatives of the Liberty-Dayton Counties Adult Probation Department. The purpose of the unit is to verify compliance with state sex offender registration laws and probation conditions of those offenders who are on probation.
When visiting the offender’s home, the officers verify the residence of the offender as one and the same, which the offenders report to the sex offender registration agents. Offenders convicted and/or those on probation for sex offenses are required to register their addresses and keep officials notified of their current address. Other special conditions are placed on offenders who are on probation.
Probationers are checked to see that all the conditions of probation are being met and complied with. Offenders that are found to be in non-compliance with either state sex offender registration laws or in non-compliance with probation conditions are referred to the Liberty-Chambers Counties District Attorney’s office for prosecution.
Failure to register as a sex offender is cause for a potential new charge to be filed. Violation of the conditions of probation for a sex offender can result in the probationer being brought back before the sentencing judge for probation violation(s) whereby the probationer may have his/her probation revoked and be sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and/or other sanctions.
Participating in the recent compliance check were Deputies Terry Fairchild and Sergeant Pete Vela from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, Steve Swan, Chief Probation Officer and Officers Lisa Whittington, Donna Scott, Michelle Bivins, and Victor Vega from the Liberty-Chambers Counties Adult Probation Department, and Officers Danny Carr and Delana Jones, form the Dayton Police Department. The officers divided into three separate teams and checked offenders in the Liberty, Dayton, and north Liberty County area. All in all, sixteen offenders were checked and all were found in compliance.
Recent compliance checks have been completed in Chambers County where Chief Deputy Mike Wheat with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department and Lisa Whittington and Victor Vega of the Liberty-Chambers Counties Adult Probation Department participated.
District Attorney Mike Little states that the SOLO unit is an outstanding example of how local law enforcement prosecutors, and probation officials can cooperate to insure the safety of the public. The SOLO unit is not funded with any grant or local funds and is a result of agencies coming together with existing resources to provide this service.
It is anticipated that these compliance checks will continue on a regular basis throughout both Liberty and Chambers counties. For any information in regards to the SOLO Unit or to report any information regarding sex offenders, you can call Terri Fairchild, the SOLO Unit coordinator, at (936) 336-4500.