CELINA — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County checked up on the registration information of more than 60 sex offenders this week.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies teamed with members of the United States Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force to verify compliance with all 64 registered sex offenders in Mercer County on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sex offenders are required to register their address and place of employment with the sheriff periodically.
“This operation was conducted to ensure that sex offenders in Mercer County are complying with the law and to hold those accountable who aren’t,” Grey said. “I am happy to report that only one sex offender was found out of compliance. He was arrested. This shows that most offenders are cooperating with us and working to meet their statutory obligation.”
Arrested was Joseph Dima Sanders, 21, for a probation violation for not registering his correct address.
“We expect the prosecutor’s office to file failure to register charges against Mr. Sanders very soon,” Grey said.
Currently, there are eight offenders who have not been verified. Deputies continue to try to locate them.
“Some of those not located at this point, will be found in compliance, two are going to need additional follow up.”
Additionally, Crystal Sue Mann (Mowery) was arrested for felony theft and Donald Ginter was taken into custody on an outstanding tax evasion warrant.
Residents are reminded that they may sign up to receive emails when an offender moves into their neighborhood at the sheriff’s office website at MercerCountySheriff.org.