MOUNT VERNON — Operation Autumn Sweep Knox County has begun with nine agencies assisting in the effort to make sure Knox County’s 83 convicted sex offenders are in compliance with registration.
Four teams fanned the county starting at around 9 this morning with a simple goal of making sure every sex offender is living where he or she is registered.
Each team is lead by a Knox County Sheriff’s Office detective and consists of agents from the following agencies: Detectives from the Mount Vernon Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Knox County Adult Court Services, Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation and Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children.
One team will be accompanied by a mobile computer forensics unit operated by Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children.
Jason Howell, computer forensics investigator, told the News, the mobile lab has the capabilities to search computers for child pornography and evidence of file sharing with rather rapid results. Software downloaded on a flash drive can be used inside an offenders home to perform a quick check on computers without all the hassles of unconnecting and removing the unit from the home.
The two-day operation is not meant to bully anyone, KCSO Detective Lt. Gary Rohler told those involved and the media invited to this morning’s briefing.
“We are not checking employment,” Rohler. “We are not out to harass or make anyone look bad. We just want to make sure they are complying with where they are living.”
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