Sex offender checkup: 13 violations
Five Champaign County police agencies joined with state and federal officials last week in checking on area sex offenders.
A release from Champaign police Lt. Bob Rea said of 213 compliance checks conducted in Champaign County on Aug. 7, there were 13 people in violation.
The results for the area agencies were as follows:
— Champaign County Sheriff’s Office: 79 sex offender address checks; 61 were verified, 16 not home; two in violation.
— Champaign Police Department: 74 sex offender address checks; 43 were verified; 23 not home; eight in violation.
— Urbana Police Department: 24 sex offender address checks; nine were verified; 12 not home; three in violation.
— Rantoul Police Department: 34 sex offender address checks; 21 verified; 13 not home.
— Mahomet Police Department: Two sex offenders verified.
The checks were done by area police with help from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Illinois State Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Department of Corrections, Champaign County Probation, and the University of Illinois Police Department.
Rea said the goal was to verify that offenders required to register under the provisions of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act were listing the correct addresses and that they were the appropriate distance away from schools, parks and day care providers.
Some agencies also had to obtain DNA from individuals who had not been entered into the database.