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Officers 'verifying' local sex offenders
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GROVETON — Sex offenders residing in Trinity County who have not properly registered may soon have a law enforcement officer knocking on their doors. Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace and Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones have announced a joint effort to verify that all sex offenders in the county are in compliance with state law. Under the law, those convicted of sex crimes are required to register with local law enforcement agencies and have their current addresses on file. "A Compliance Task Force headed up by Capt. Ricky Hope and Capt. Jim Cordell will be leading compliance checks," Wallace said. "These deputies have recently been trained by attending several classes on tracking and monitoring sex offenders and the laws that they are required to abide by." Jones said Sgt. Randy Wheeler will be heading up the city's effort and urged any sex offender who is not in compliance with the law to immediately update their information. Failing to comply with the Texas sex offender registration laws could result in a felony charge being filed. Those sex offenders who live in Trinity County but are registered elsewhere, or those not living in compliance here in Trinity County are taking the risk of being arrested, the sheriff said. Local residents who want to know more about the Texas sex offender registration laws or would like to search for offenders living in the county can do so by visiting the Texas DPS web page: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/index.aspx. The Department of Public Safety has created searches for Texas Public Sex Offender Registry and a notification system that allows the public to subscribe to e-mail notifications regarding database changes relating to registered sex offenders. These searches allow the public to search the registry for sex offenders registered in Texas. Anyone having any information on a sex offender not in compliance is urged to call the Trinity Police Department or the Trinity County Sheriff's Office to report the violation.


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