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.