Sex Offender Round-Up Throughout Colorado

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

Detectives all over Colorado are rounding up sex offenders in what they’re calling Operation Shepherd 2010. More than 80 different law enforcement agencies are tracking down the Top 100 Most Wanted sex offenders.

As of Sunday nearly 50 arrests have been made across the state. These criminals are either wanted sex offenders or are now facing sex offense related charges.

There are hundreds of sex offenders living in El Paso County alone. All of the checks made in El Paso County this weekend are just compliance checks. The sheriff’s office wants to make sure they know exactly where these sex offenders are living and working.

"We have to know where they are, what they're doing, where they're working," said El Paso County Detective Katie Koehlinger.

Most sex offenders the El Paso County detectives check in on are following the rules, but some do not. “I've had a couple that haven't lived where they said that they were, so a warrant will be issued," said Det. Koehlinger.

This round-up is part of a nation-wide effort under the Adam Walsh Task Force. The U.S. Marshal's Office is teaming up with more than 80 state, local and federal agencies in Colorado. All are trying to find these fugitives.

In El Paso County, the compliant sex offenders just have to answer a few questions. If they're not home a pink flyer is left on their door, letting them know they have to check in with the sheriff’s office.

"I'm going to make several attempts. I'm going to make several phone calls, hit up all the number they have listed, and go to their place of work, go to their home several more times,” said Det. Koehlinger.

Detectives in El Paso County will continue to check in on these compliant sex offenders until June 21.

To see pictures of those on the Top 100 Wanted Sex Offenders List click the link below.

If you recognize any of the sex offenders on the list call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by thasprings Location: springs on Jul 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    granted they dont do their job on a day to day basis this is something that needs to happen sex offenders are scum and shouldnt even be allowed to live
  • by Bennie Location: Denver on Jun 20, 2010 at 05:47 PM
    This broad sweep is nothing more than intimidation of people who are compliant with the laws. All police departments including El Paso know who is compliant and who is not, yet they drive up in their unmarked cars with police uniforms on to make sure that the neighbors can see them and then wonder about the residents of the house visited. A simple phone call would suffice. People don't have to be home living in fear waiting for the strong arms to make unannounced harassment visits.
  • by MGR on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    Leave it up to el paso county to just do an annual check on these criminals. The police don't fight crime, there a part of it. Its criminal to focus more on issuing speeding tickets than combating real problems like drugs, and thieves. Oh, wait a second, there's no revenue in battling crime.
  • by K Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 14, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    the link is below the comment section.
  • by lisa on Jun 13, 2010 at 09:56 PM
    Why is this only every so often? And why a round-up? Shouldn't they be kept track of at all times?
  • by Missing link Location: Here on Jun 13, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    Where is the link??
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