Registered sex offenders get surprise visits from Franklin County deputies
Sex Offender Registry Investigators and other law agencies are knocking on the doors of every registered sex offender in Franklin County this week.
"If we are able to determine they are giving us a bad address or no address at all, that could result in charges," said Franklin County Sheriff Major Steven Tucker.
Franklin County SORN officers regularly confirm addresses convicted predators provide to authorities throughout the year.
A $15,000 grant from The U.S. Marshall's Service is allowing four days of door knocks at the homes of 1,800 offenders during a four day period, where Franklin County Sheriff officers are being joined by agents from BCI and the U.S. Marshall's Service.
"About 10% are lying about where they are living," said Tucker.
Among the offenders, authorities could not locate was Clifford Crable, 55, a Sexual Predator, who claimed he was living in a bus parked in a used car lot in West Columbus.
"The owner discredited that, said he was not staying in a bus, an employee said he hadn't seen him for months," said Franklin Co Detective-Corporal Mike Weiner, "it'll be investigated, could lead to charges."
Orange cards are placed in door frames at homes where no one answers, asking people to call authorities if a registered sex offender is not living at the address.