U.S. Marshals, local law enforcement conduct sex offender sweep in Lane County
EUGENE, Ore. - Law enforcement agencies spent 6 weeks tracking down sex offenders to verify compliance with "all sex offender laws and registration requirements," the U.S. Marshal service said.
Operation Oregon Nights resulted in 67 arrests between April 29 and June 9, the marshals said.
The operation was driven by the rate of non-compliance among registered sex offenders in Lane County.
"As of April, Oregon state records listed 2,171 sex offenders in Lane County, including 434 non-compliant sex offenders - a non-compliance rate of approximately 20 percent," according to the marshals.
The U.S. Marshals worked with law enforcement across Lane County to conduct the sweeps.
The goal: locate non-compliant sex offenders; apprehend sex offenders with active arrest warrants; and conduct checks on high-risk sex offenders at their homes.
"These investigations led to arrests for failure to complete an initial registration, failure to complete an annual
registration, failure to report a change of address, failure to report or update employment or student enrollment at a college or university, and failure to provide complete or accurate information on a registration form, as well as other sex offender violations," according to the marshals.
Operation personnel also made arrests for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, and driving under the influence of intoxicants, as well as other criminal violations. Additionally, operation personnel made arrests for active warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, escape from custody-furlough for second degree murder and sexual exploitation of a minor, probation violation for failure to register as a sex offender and making false statements, parole violation for sodomy first degree and two counts of rape first degree, parole violation for assault, parole violation for unlawful delivery of marijuana, probation violation for forced burglary, menacing, contempt of court, and failure to appear in court, as well as other criminal violations.
Operation Oregon Nights, by the numbers:
- 46 custody arrests
- 21 arrests by criminal citation in lieu of custody
- 65 sex offender violation charges
- 11 additional pending sex offender violation charges
- 23 warnings for sex offender violations
- 32 other criminal charges
- 37 active warrants cleared by arrest
- 188 additional sex offender compliance checks, including 19 compliance checks on Level 3 and Predatory sex offenders