Friday, April 5, 2013

GUAM - Operation Deviant Shield checked on 300+ sex offenders

Original Article

The operation should be called "Operation Gestapo Goose Stepping," or something like that. Why do all these registry compliance checks get published in the news and have some idiotic title to them?

Oh, and you'll notice they said nothing about anybody being arrested for a new sex crime! Shocker I know!


By Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Sex Offender Registry is updated on a daily basis. It is meant to be a resource for the public to utilize to know where dangerous convicted sex offenders reside. A special operation recently wrapped up as officials sought to ensure the addresses are accurate.

In the last week dozens of Superior Court of Guam probations officers, marshals and Department of Corrections Parole Services Division personnel have been canvassing the streets of the island. Chief Parole Officer Mike Quinata says they were engaged in Operation Deviant Shield looking to identify where sex offenders on Guam reside.

"We were going around verifying residences of sex offenders. There's certain categories of how many years they're supervised based on what they're convicted for," he explained.

By law those who are convicted of certain sexual offenses are mandated to inform authorities of their whereabouts even when they change their address. The Guam Sex Offender Registry contains the list and location of convicted sex offenders as well as a classification of each offender so the public can know where these individuals live and work in the community. "From our side we had 51 active parolees that are on the Registry," said Quinata. "And there are also some former parolees on the Registry and because we know their residences we kind of complement one another on where to locate them."

Quinata says in some cases, the individuals relocated which left law enforcement to search for them and ask family members to help locate the sex offenders.

During Operation Deviant Shield, authorities checked on more than 300 offenders. It's an exercise that has been done for the last three years and helps law enforcement keep a closer eye on their activities while out of jail. the penalty for failing to report and register is a federal offense and in recent months the us attorney's office has pursued federal charges against those who are not complying.

While residents can view the Guam Sex Offender Registry online, Quinata says in the age of technology it's as easy as breaking out your smartphone. "There's an app, Life360, if people have that application it shows you where all the sex offenders are living on the island," Quinata explained.

Quinata adds that operations like Deviant Shield have opened up the lines of communication among various law enforcement entities.

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