LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office sent a strong message to registered sex offenders, who are not following the rules.

The department alongside the US Marshals Service and the Kentucky Department of Corrections Probation and Parole participated in the Kentucky Sex Offender Compliance Operation. Last weeks joint operation cracked down on offenders who are not complying with the terms of their probation and parole.

Over the course of the two-day operation, the agencies checked on 78 registered supervised sex offenders to make sure the offenders live at the address listed on their records.

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt explained, “If the person is a 20-year registrant as defined by law which means they need to register their address every year. That is not good enough for us at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, so we bump those up with the lifers. It is a minimum of 90 days more often it is 60 days.”

The agencies checked to make sure offenders were not residing in areas offenders are not allowed to live, like near a school or licensed daycare.

The agencies also made sure the offenders were not breaking additional laws or violating the terms of their probation and parole.

Most of the offenders on the agencies’ checklist were found to be following the terms of their registration, but for the more than a dozen offenders that did not meet the grade Sheriff Kathy Witt hopes

Witt added, “It is my hope that these 13 will have their parole and probation rescinded or revoked. And it is my hope that they will have to serve out the rest of their sentence incarcerated. “

Out of the 78 offenders on that checklist, 21 of them were found to be non-compliant. Thirteen offenders were arrested.

All of them face a charge of parole violation and one offender faces additional charges for trafficking marijuana and possession of a firearm.

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