On Thursday, August 7, 2014, the Champaign Police Department, along with the United States Marshal Service, announced the successful completion of a one day sex offender compliance and verification check.
On August 7, 2014, a multi-agency enforcement team conducted unannounced visits to the homes of known sex offenders within Champaign County. Law enforcement officials followed up on offenders living in Champaign County to ensure that those convicted of sex offenses were in compliance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act (730 ILCS 150/3). The objective of this operation was to identify, verify compliance and locate sex offenders for the purpose of ensuring compliance in their jurisdictional areas and to clear a number of state warrants for sex offender registry violations.
The multi-agency effort resulted in 213 compliance checks:
- Champaign County Sheriff’s Department did 79 sex offender address checks; 61 were verified, 16 weren’t home and 2 subjects were found to be in violation.
- Champaign Police Department did 74 sex offender address checks; 43 were verified, 23 weren’t home and 8 subjects were found to be in violation.
- Urbana Police Department did 24 sex offender address checks; 9 were verified, 12 weren’t home and 3 subjects were found to be in violation. One subject was arrested for a probation violation.
- Rantoul Police Department did 34 sex offender address checks; 21 were verified and 13 were not home.
- Mahomet Police Department had 2 sex offenders verified.
This was a joint effort by the participating agencies and we were assisted by members from US Marshals, Illinois State Police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Department of Corrections, Champaign County Probation, and the University of Illinois Police Department.
Our goal was to verify sex offender addresses and look for individuals who were not in compliance, as well as address any issues with proximity to schools, parks and daycares. Some agencies were also required to obtain DNA from several individuals who had not been entered into the database.