In Maryland, law enforcement authorities go to
registered sex offenders’ homes twice per year or more, in order to confirm that the person is living
there, as Scott McCabe reports for the Washington Examiner.
They’ve been doing things a little differently in D.C., apparently.
The D.C. police and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
both recently disclaimed responsibility for checking up on registered
sex offenders, pointing fingers at the other.
And as a result, McCabe reports, some registered sex offenders have been
able to pull the wool over the eyes of law enforcement. Four men, for
example, listed their addresses as that of D.C. police headquarters, and
this wasn’t noticed by law enforcement for who knows how long.
In other cases, convicted sex offenders move out of the D.C. area but claim
residency in D.C., allowing them to skip out on the sex offender registry
in the new place they live. One man is said to have been teaching at a
private school before authorities discovered that he was a registered
sex offender in D.C.
The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency has now claimed responsibility
over monitoring all registered sex offenders.