At least 18 sex offenders have been apprehended by Las Vegas law enforcement authorities during a three-week sweep that aimed to target former sex offenders who were not following Nevada’s registration laws when moving to new areas or different states. Some of the sex offenders that were arrested during the sweep were current fugitives wanted for sex-related charges.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshals, launched a joint operation to find and arrest sex offenders who had breached Nevada registration laws. The sweep was done between March 2 and March 20. According to a local press release, this operation is part of new effort to keep tabs on sex offenders and their locations. Last year, both law enforcement departments conducted 2,100 registration checks, leading to 34 arrests.
Sex offenders are required by law to provide their information and current whereabouts to the Nevada Sexual Offenders Registry. The registry is made available to the public on the Internet.
By Alex Lemieux
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