Sweep finds nearly 50 sex offenders who violated compliance terms

WICHITA — Law enforcement officers who conducted a compliance check of registered sex offenders Wednesday night discovered 49 who had violated terms of their program, officials said.

The offenders had moved and did not report their new addresses, had never lived at the given address or had given an address that did not exist, Sgt. Mary Mattingly said in a prepared statement.

A verification sweep was made at the homes of 336 registered offenders in the Wichita area. Eighteen Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies, 11 Wichita police officers and one U.S. Marshal conducted the sweep.

The offenders who violated compliance terms may face criminal charges, Mattingly said.