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Sex offender sweep nets eight arrests

POLK COUNTY -- Eight people were arrested in connection with a sex offender sweep by law enforcement across Polk County on Thursday.

October 03, 2012

POLK COUNTY -- Eight people were arrested in connection with a sex offender sweep by law enforcement across Polk County on Thursday.

Officials from state, county and local police agencies performed compliance checks -- making sure offenders are living where they're registered and legally allowed to -- in West Salem, all of the county's incorporated cities and Grand Ronde.

Two arrests were made on Thursday. The others happened during preparation for the operation, said Polk County Sheriff's Det. John Williams.

Williams said authorities contacted 30 individuals and that most were obeying the law.

"We haven't done the program in a couple of years and wanted to get it back up and running," Williams said. "It's good to do spot checks from time to time, you have a lot of people registered as transients, sometimes they end up living with somebody with kids and they don't register."

Registered sex offenders must prove their place of residence annually, must register within 10 days of moving from one place to another and report to law enforcement if employed or enrolled at a university or college.

Oregon is a lifetime registration state for those individuals convicted of class A or B felony sex crimes.

There are 386 sex offenders registered in Polk County, including those who've moved away or are incarcerated.

Arrested for failure to register as a sex offender were: Kenneth Robert Brooks, 55, of Independence; Ellis Andrew Thomas Crawford, 21, of Dallas; Jose M. Fernandez, 77, of Independence; George David Mitchell, 57, of Monmouth; Ricky Lee Mortimer, 30, of Dallas; and Anthony James Nelson, 43, of Grand Ronde.

Also arrested were Christopher Glen Mathews, 23, of Dallas and Anthony Lee Perez, 25, of Dallas, both for failure to register and failure to change their address.

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