Several law-enforcement agencies Dec. 2 conducted unannounced checks of 40 registered sex offenders in Delaware County, finding that a high percentage were in compliance with their residential registration.

During the survey, only one was found not in compliance with Ohio’s rules for registered sex offenders.

Chief Deputy Jon Scowden, of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, said the checks were conducted in person by county deputies, members of the Southern District of the U.S. Marshals Service, probation officers of the Delaware County Common Pleas Court’s adult court services and members of the sheriff’s victim-services unit. Scowden said the Marshals Service assisted with both personnel and federal funds authorized for coverage of deputies’ overtime costs. Ohio also might make a future move to more frequent checks, he said.


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