(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Offender Registration Unit conducted a sweep to verify the validity of sex offender registration information.
On May 4, the unit conducted a verification sweep at the homes of 336 registered offenders in the Wichita area. Eighteen sheriff's deputies, eleven Wichita Police Department officers, and one U.S. Marshal were involved in the verification sweep.
During the sweep, deputies and officers found 49 sex offenders had moved and not reported their new address, or never lived at the given address, or had given an address that did not exist. Offenders that fail to register or give false or misleading information could be charged with felony non-compliance of offender registration.
Convicted sex offenders in Kansas are required by law to register with their local sheriff's office every four months. Offenders must provide their home address, employement, a new photograph and information on vehicles they drive.
The information is entered into the offender watch program accessible to the public through the sheriff's office website. You can access the Offender Registry at www.sedgwickcounty.org/sheriff and go to "on-line searches, Sedgwick County Sheriff Offender Watch."