Sex offender check nets 3 arrests
Friday, September 28, 2012 11:00 AM
Three people were arrested when teams of local and federal law enforcement officials searched Carroll County homes Thursday to make sure registered sex offenders were complying with laws.
REVIEWING PROCEDURES: Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman and U.S. Marshal Loren Carl of the Kentucky East District discuss the procedures for a sex offender check for 45 offenders Thursday. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
One of the three was arrested on an unrelated warrant.
In addition, two people were charged with misdemeanors during the searches. More charges are expected to be filed today.
The checks allowed officers to verify addresses of registered offenders provided to state officials and that offenders do not have or use social media or email accounts. Officers also checked to make sure no drugs or firearms were in the homes of registered offenders.
Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said 45 sex offenders are registered and live in the county. Teams of officers from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Carrollton Police Department, Carroll County Jail, Kentucky State Police and U.S. Marshals Service visited each registered address to verify that each sex offender was following regulations.
"For it to be the first time, it went well," Kinman said of the countywide search. "The majority was cooperative."
The people arrested were Patrick Boyle, 47, of Worthville; Joshua Hurley, 26, of Carrollton; and Harold Williams, 44, of Carrollton. Williams was arrested on an unrelated warrant from Knox County.
Boyle was arrested on preliminary charges of failure to comply with sex offender registration and use of a social network by a sex offender. Hurley was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Two people were cited for misdemeanor charges during the searches, Carrollton Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbot said.
Several other misdemeanor charges are expected to be filed today through the county's attorney because of compliance violations, many for maintaining a social network profile.
Kinman said that even though this was the first large-scale search organized by police, officers will continue to monitor the location and compliance of offenders in Carroll County.
"I wasn't expecting a bunch (of arrests)," he said. "Overall, I was very pleased."