Lucas County has nearly and not all of them register with authorities. Looking up sex offenders in Lucas Co. Go to the Lucas County Sheriff's website , plug in your address and see a list of nearby offenders. Greg Wojciechowski with the Lucas Co. Sheriff's Office at a meeting about sex offenders with neighbors, moms and local Blockwatch members. The county says a huge misconception is people think they'll receive a letter in the mail if a sex offender moves near them.
That's not necessarily true. You'll only be notified if the sex offender has to register for life. The group with Lt. Wojciechowski is worried about their kids as well as other neighborhood kids. Dave Carter on board. He's the sole detective in the Lucas Co. Sheriff's Office who tracks down registered sex offenders. Carter checks an average of 10 to 20 addresses per day. Sometimes, he finds someone's not where they say.
That's why once a week News 11 features sex offenders missing in action in our Predator Alert segment. These Predator Alerts and you have helped officers arrest violators like Lawrence Watkins who was squatting in the basement of a UT campus building last year.
He's expected to be released from prison this week for that failure to register conviction. And this month a viewer called in saying Mark Lojewski was living on South Ave. Investigators say violators use excuses like losing their job and having no place to live to register. Sex offenders News 11 spoke with say they've just had enough. He complies to avoid more jail time but he says the registry is taking away his rights.
The next minute I can't do this, I can't do that. My rights are getting violated more and more. Has more than sex offenders, but deputies only check addresses if they receive a tip that a sex offender is in violation. Has about 50 offenders. Twice a year deputies do a round-up and check all the addresses to see if they're valid.
Five are facing violation charges. His jail administrator goes out once a week to check addresses. Wojciechowski says he doesn't know stricter laws could help.