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UPDATE: 3 Arrested During Sex Offender Registration Compliance Check

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A two-day law enforcement blitz, aimed at verifying the compliance of more than 200 registered sex offenders living in three southern West Virginia counties, resulted in several arrests

Operation Coal Dust targeted Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties

West Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshals Service’s CUFFED members found 10 people out of compliance during the checks on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Three people were arrested, with more arrests possible according to a news release.

“One registered sex offender out of compliance is one too many,” U.S. Marshal John Foster said. “The U.S. Marshals Service is thoroughly committed to tracking down fugitives who attempt to sidestep the law.”

In December, a similar law enforcement sweep known as Operation River Cities took place in Cabell, Mingo and Wayne counties.

As a result of the 299 compliance checks, 18 people were arrested.



UPDATE 12/17/12 @ 11:45 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- An Ashland man was arrested Monday night for non-compliance with a sex offender registry, according to information from the Ashland Police Department.

Curtis Tussey was sought in connection with the compliance checks in the recent Operation River Cities.

Tussey was arrested at a residence along Moore Street in Ashland. An additional bench warrant in Greenup County for failure to appear also was served during the incident.

Tussey is among about 25 people who have been arrested following a major two-day law enforcement blitz aimed at verifying compliance of nearly 500 registered sex offenders currently living in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

Operation River Cities was a multi-agency law enforcement effort targeting registered sex offenders to determine individual compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Twenty-five people have been arrested following a major two-day law enforcement blitz aimed at verifying compliance of nearly 500 registered sex offenders currently living in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

Operation River Cities was a multi-agency law enforcement effort targeting registered sex offenders to determine individual compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Operation River Cities in West Virginia consisted of approximately 35 federal, state and local law enforcement officers, making up a network of 10 arrest teams.

During the checks in Cabell, Mingo and Wayne counties 18 people were arrested.

In Kentucky some 56 federal, state and local law enforcement officers made up a network of 14 arrest teams. Seven people ware arrested in the two-day operation in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence and Lewis counties in Kentucky.

A combined total 480 compliance checks were conducted during the organized sweep in West Virginia and Kentucky.

“Protecting our children from those who would harm them must always be our top priority,” said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. “Every child is precious, and as recent events have tragically reminded us, their safety requires our constant vigilance.”

“One registered sex offender out of compliance is too many,” Goodwin continued. “That’s why I’ve put special emphasis on prosecuting sex offenders who violate federal registration requirements. And today I want to send a clear message: If you are out of compliance, we will track you down and we will bring you to justice.”

“The goal of Operation River Cities is straightforward – to maintain strict registration compliance for convicted sex offenders,” said Loren Carl, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey and his staff, along with the U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Kentucky have stood together in support of this important effort. Operation River Cities is one of the surest ways that we can enforce the law and reduce threats to our communities.”

"If they're not doing what they are supposed to be doing, I'm going to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger. 'I'll be back.' We're not going to just hit you with this, we're going to wait, we're going to come back and they don't know when we're going to come back," said U.S. Marshal Loren Carl. "If you're not compliant, you're going to be charged."

Arrest warrants have been issued for two sex offenders who are in violation of their registration requirements.

Curtis Tussey is believed to be in South Ashland, Ky. Jose Echevarria-Capto is believed to be in Miami, Florida.

Call 911 if you have seen these men.

West Virginia law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation River Cities: the West Virginia State Police, Huntington Police Department, Barboursville Police Department, Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Milton Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Beckley Police Department, and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.

Kentucky law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation River Cities: the Kentucky State Police, Boyd County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, Greenup Police Department, Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Elliott County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Vanceburg Police Department, Louisa City Police Department, South Shore Police Department, Worthington Police Department, Flatwoods Police Department, Grayson Police Department, Raceland Police Department, Russell Police Department, Kentucky State Probation and Parole Office and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.


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