12/13/2013 1:20 PM
by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - Officials held a press conference Friday morning to discuss ways they are cracking down on mandatory sex offender registration across southern West Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin of the Southern District of W.Va., U.S. Marshal John Foster and State Police troopers detailed the third in a series of sweep operations designed to check up on sex offenders. Their most recent operation yielded 217 more compliance checks, compared to more than 1,000 checks during the past year, according to officials.
All sex offenders are required by law to register at least once a year and those who do not face years in prison.
Goodwin said these missions are integral to keeping our communities protected. "These kinds of operations are essential to keeping our children safe and that is exactly what the United States Marshall Service [and] the State Police are doing day in and day out," he said.
Foster added that the community can play a large role in helping ensure sex offenders register. "The public is what really makes the whole system work," he explained. "In West Virginia, we have outstanding good people and they just need to realize they have a voice."
A list of sex offenders can be found on the State Police website. If you are suspicious of someone, you are asked to contact State Police.