Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore gathered officers from a variety of local law enforcement agencies last Monday evening to perform a compliance check of sex offenders who live in Upson County. By law, the offenders must have provided the Sheriff’s Office with their correct living address and the action Monday night was to verify those addresses. Wednesday, Sheriff Kilgore released the following statement concerning the checks done Monday night:
“On Monday evening, November 18, 2013, 46 law enforcement officers from five different agencies assembled in ten different teams to perform a “Compliance Check” of local sex offenders. These officers were from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Thomaston Police Department, Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Parole Office, Georgia State Probation, and the GBI.
“There are 121 sex offenders registered in Upson County. Twenty-three are in prison and the remaining 98 live in our community. Twenty-seven of these registered offenders are also supervised on active parole or probation.
“In Georgia, Sheriffs are responsible for sex offender registration. Georgia law requires that convicted sex offenders register annually and that they meet certain proximity requirements for residency as related to schools, public recreation areas and churches. These distances must be verified to assure compliance with the requirements of the law. Our compliance check found that 93 of Upson’s registered sex offenders were registered properly and were in compliance with the law. We will seek arrest warrants for the remaining five and they will be arrested. Failure to comply with the sex offender law is a felony punishable by one to thirty years upon conviction.
“Two of the offenders were arrested for other charges during the compliance check.
“Tony Turner, 32, of By Pass Road, was charged with possession of marijuana less than one ounce. He was in the act of smoking the marijuana when officers arrived at his residence.
“David Orr, 57, of E Street, was charged with possession of marijuana less than one ounce and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“I would like to thank all of the law enforcement officers who assisted with Monday night’s operation. I feel that Upson County is a safer place because of their efforts.”