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Megan’s Law Unit and Federal Authorities Partner to Verify Registration Compliance of Child Sex Offenders

(Bel Air, MD – December 22, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff's Office “Megan’s Law Unit” in cooperation with the Child Advocacy Center and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crimes Squad, made 135 attempts to confirm child sex offender registrant verifications throughout Harford County this week. The initiative was conducted December 18 and 19, 2006.

Of the 87 child sex offenders currently registered with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the residences of 76 individuals were verified. Officials were not able to verify the residences of 46 registered child sex offenders. Additionally, further investigation is required of seven individuals who may be in violation of registry requirements. Six individuals registered with the Sheriff’s Office were found to be either incarcerated or deceased.

During the two-day special initiative investigators searched 29 computers for child pornography and seized one for further investigation and forensic analysis.

No arrests were made during the two-day operation.

Harford County is the first jurisdiction in Maryland to conduct such a large scale initiative in partnership with federal authorities. Costs associated with the joint operation where paid for from the Sex Offenders and Compliance Enforcement in Maryland grant.

There are 118 registered sex offenders residing in Harford County. Of this number, 87 are child sex offenders. There are currently no sexually violent predators residing in the county.

Pursuant to Maryland law, convicted sex offenders are required to register with the primary law enforcement agency in the county where they reside. In Harford County, all convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Harford County Sheriff's Office.