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U.S. Marshals, State Police account for almost 200 convicted sex offenders in Va.

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Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 23:23:04-04

NORFOLK, Va. – U.S. Marshals and Virginia State Police have completed  an assignment assuring that convicted sex offenders are following correct procedures.

Operation Check and Balance took place April 23 and included the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Hampton, and Chesapeake. The operation also included the counties of James City, Suffolk, and York.

During this operation, U.S. Marshals and Troopers checked in with almost 200 convicted sex offenders. Out of nearly 200, 165 followed correct procedures.

The offenders were accounted for by job site and in home visits, along with interviews. The procedure is done semi-annually and consists of making sure offenders are living and working at the places listed on file.

Virginia State Police will investigate these cases and decide if state of federal charges are warranted for 22 non-verified offenders.

“This operation was very successful and sends a loud and clear message that sex offenders in our area will be accounted for and held responsible if they violate registration requirements,” said U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson. “We thank Colonel Flaherty and the Virginia State Police for their partnership efforts in our shared interests to protect the community.”

For more information on Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, click here.