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OH: Megan’s law helps local law enforcement track local offenders.


September 17, 2002

By Casey Clapper

Recent national abductions and local sexual offenses have renewed Athens law enforcement officers’ conviction in registering sex offenders. But understaffing may be a hindrance.

“It's hard because we're down in numbers," said Teresa Kirkendall, deputy records clerk for the Athens County Sheriff’s Department. "They need to designate one person in each (local law enforcement) office just to do the sexual offenders."

Athens County Sheriff Vern Castle said he went through the list of offenders several weeks ago and physically went out to check addresses.

When the department discovers a move, they send a warning letter to the last posted address. If the offender does not contact the station within a week, a warrant is issued, she said.


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Source: © 2002 The Post