Law enforcement completes sweep of homes of area sex offenders
CHAMPAIGN — Local law enforcement agencies completed a sweep of homes of 135 known sex offenders in Champaign County on Thursday.
Champaign Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the purpose of the unannounced visits to sex offenders' homes was to identify and locate sex registered offenders, to verify their compliance with the law and to clear a number of state warrants for sex offender registry violations.
Dunn said that two people were taken into custody, eight others require additional investigation after they were found to be not in compliance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, 47 others need more investigation and 78 were found to be in compliance.
Law enforcement agencies taking part in the effort included the Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul and Mahomet police departments; the Champaign County Probation Department; the Champaign County sheriff's office; the Department of Human Services; Illinois State Police; Secretary of State police and the U.S. Marshals Service.
"We are appreciative of the area agencies who worked with us on this operation. This proactive and comprehensive effort shows what can happen when federal, state and local law enforcement work together," Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo said in a written release.