Police find that eight sex offenders are missing
A registered sex offender sweep conducted jointly by Talent and Phoenix police found 32 living where they're supposed to be but eight missing and being sought.
"Twenty percent out of compliance is a high rate," said Phoenix Police Chief Kurt Barthel, noting a planned sweep every six months will bring the rate down significantly.
Sex offenders are people who have been convicted of any of a range of offenses, from misdemeanors such as public indecency to felonies, including violent rapes.
They are all required to notify the Oregon State Police's sex offender registry within 10 days after moving or changing an address. Failure to do so is a crime.
Talent Police Chief Bob Rector said that sex offenders go out of compliance on a fairly regular basis, so this preventive approach "gets us ahead of the game."
"It communicates to registered sex offenders that we know who they are and where they live and whether or not they're in compliance."
The sweep found 32 of 40 registered sex offenders in compliance, with the majority cooperating with the procedure.
Police work located four of the missing eight, and police planned to get grand jury indictments for the other four, said Rector.
Of the 40, Talent has 24 living inside its city limits, while Phoenix has 16.
The numbers "would be surprising" to most people, said Barthel.
The sweeps are important, he added, because very few — only four or five of the 40 — are on probation or parole.
None of the missing offenders is on probation or parole and only one of them is classified as a predatory sex offender, a category for those who "victimize or injure" people, according to the Oregon State Police Web site, http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SOR/faqs.shtml.