WICHITA — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office conducted a sweep this week to verify the validity of sex offender registration information.
The Sheriff's Office offender registration unit visited the homes of 225 sex offenders in the Wichita area on Tuesday. During the sweep, authorities found that 31 sex offenders had moved and not reported their new address, had never lived at the given address, or had given an address that did not exist.
Convicted sex offenders in Kansas are required to register with their local sheriff's office every four months. Offenders who fail to register or who give false or misleading information may be charged with felony noncompliance of offender registration.
Citizens can search the sex offender database through the online searches tab at www.sedgwickcounty.org/SHERIFF/. Site visitors may also sign up for e-mail alerts that notify them should an offender move into their neighborhood.
The Sheriff's Office offender registration unit is charged with registering and tracking 1,657 registered offenders in Sedgwick County.
Tuesday's sweep was carried out by 10 sheriff's deputies and 10 Wichita police officers.