Missing Sex Offenders: Have you seen these men?
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Ten sex offenders are not where they say they are in Clark County and now a warrant is out for each of their arrest.
Finding where these missing men are living will close out a sex offender round up the Clark County Sheriff's Office has been working on for several months.
"I want the streets of Clark County to be as safe as possible on Oct. 31, so parents can take their kids trick or treating with as little concern as possible," said Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
It's a concern not only for Mull, but for people like Staci Becht, who watches children for a living in her Jeffersonville home.
"I've had my day care for a long time and I keep little kids, so that's very important to me to keep them safe and have the families know that their children are safe," said Becht.
By state law registered sex offenders must document their home address and are subject to random visits by law enforcement.
Mull said there are 10 men who are registered sex offenders in Clark County that are not living where they say they are.
"Each of these individuals is required to be on the sex offender registry, it's very important that we know where they are at so we can keep them away from people they aren't supposed to be around and just generally keep the public safe from them," said Mull.
The public has access online to see the sex offender registry and law enforcement officers encourage people to look, so you are aware if a registered sex offender is living nearby. It's a tool Becht has used in the past.
"Of course that's something that you really don't like to think about, but you have to think about," said Becht. "I've looked at it several times over the years."
Right now in Clark County there are 190 active sex offenders and the sheriff's office wants to make sure they know where they all are. It's a requirement Becht said she is glad is upheld.
"People make mistakes good, bad, or whatever, but they still agree to abide by these laws and if they are running from them than I think they should be caught," said Becht.
Each of the men face a felony charge and up to two and half years in jail.
If you recognize any of the men and know where they are you are asked to call the Clark County Sheriff's Office at (812) 283-4471.
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