Sex Offenders in Fresno County

August 27, 2009 9:06:42 PM PDT
Over the course of the last two weeks Fresno Police have combed the Central and Southwest portion of the city making sure registered sex offenders live where they say they're living.Chief Jerry Dyer, Fresno Police Department said: "When these individuals believe they can roam around in a community without the knowledge of the residents or police, they're more likely to commit sexual assaults on our youth."

For the most part, law enforcement relies on convicted sex offenders to come in and register, when they don't, officers have to track them down. And sometimes sex offenders will give a false address or move and leave no forwarding information.

Dyer said his department must keep a closer eye on convicted sex offenders.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said "We know that when these sex offenders come in and register and they interview with our detectives, the thing that we frequently hear from these deviants is "I can't control myself."

Two years ago when Action News reported on the compliance among registered sex offenders in the city, Police estimated more than 30 percent were breaking the law. Of the 437 sex offenders Fresno Police have checked on so far, 12.5 percent are not in compliance with the law. An improvement from two years ago, due in part to the addition of two investigators who go out every day verifying addresses.

Police chief jerry dyer said once a month there will be a complete sweep of the city to check on registered sex offenders.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said: "The message is very clear to those individuals, they better not only register with us, but they better be living where they registered because we're going to come knocking on the door to verify that."

Police still have more than 1,100 more addresses to verify before they're finished with this sweep.

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