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When the deputies discover that an offender does not live at the reported address, he or she is charged with a registration-related crime. Marshal Peter Elliot said his office draws upon the informational systems of jurisdictions across the country in its search.
And the case is passed on to prosecutors and eventually a grand jury for indictment. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force then assumes the duty of tracking down the missing offenders. His task force, which also includes officers from local police departments, devotes weeks every year to rounding up sexual predators.
Hurley said her city goes to great lengths to enforce its residency restrictions, among the most stringent in the region -- banning some sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of libraries, parks or city-owned recreational facilities, including swimming pools.
Police officers even will physically measure the distance between property lines and will visit offenders' homes and order them to move within 30 days.
But the majority of those registered to the shelter with pending charges remain living off the grid -- some with at least two-year-old warrants for their arrest -- in communities that are unaware of their presence.