MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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September 11, 2013

Law enforcers check sex offenders

Homes of 90 registered offenders visited

Ten law enforcement officers ran surprise compliance checks Tuesday on 90 registered sex offenders.

The officers went to homes throughout the county, said Muskogee County Deputy Sheriff Roy Banks.

Five U.S. Marshals and five sheriff’s deputies went to the offenders’ homes to ensure they were complying with Oklahoma Department of Corrections rules, Banks said.

“If they’re there, we do a questionnaire,” said Banks at a home in south Muskogee. “It has questions about what people have, who all is living with them, do they have a computer with Internet ... and do they have any guns with them.”

No arrests were made Tuesday, but Banks said two homes did have guns inside.

He said deputies will return later to question those individuals.

Banks said registered sex offenders with felony convictions cannot own a firearm, cannot be within 2,000 feet of a school or daycare and must inform law enforcement of where they are living.

He said the U.S. Marshals organize these random sweeps with county and city law enforcement officers.

During the checks officers speak with the person and those they live with and look in the homes for any potential violations.

“We’re looking for drugs or anything in plain sight,” Banks said. “We ask about apparent things like, if we see a bullet on the floor, we’ll ask if these people have a gun.”

Many of the people Banks sees are familiar to him because he’s been checking up on sex offenders for about two years.

Banks said he sees most of these people about every three months when they have to check in.

Officers return later if an offender is at work or away from their homes.

Reach Thad Ayers at (918) 684-2903 or tayers@muskogeephoenix.com.

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