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EXCLUSIVE: 4 Arrested In Effingham Sex Offender Sweep

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WSAV.com was the only station there with officers from Effingham County Sheriff's Department brought in several suspects as part of operation 'Double Check'. The video above provides you a 'first look' at the operation.

The purpose of the operation, officials say, is to verify the residence and other personal information, vital to their compliance as sex offenders. 

Officials detailed the operation in a multi-jurisdictional news release:

"On September 19th, 2013, in a collaborative effort between the United States Marshals Service, the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation COPS grant funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office, and Georgia State Parole conducted compliance checks of registered sex offenders in Effingham County. A total of 28 Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers were involved.

Operation "DOUBLE CHECK" was a two pronged effort of compliance and enforcement. The focus of the compliance operation was a comprehensive physical verification of every offender, their residences, their employment and compliance with their registration requirements.

"This joint operation resulted in the successful location and verification of 83 sex offenders. Of the 83 offenders that were verified, 6 were also on state parole and 40 were on state probation. This operation was a demonstration of the remarkable cooperation between the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, The Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office and the Georgia State Parole Office. These offices routinely coordinate their efforts when keeping track of registered sex offenders in the Effingham County area. The combined efforts of the participating agencies allowed for the verifications to be conducted safely in a concentrated time period.

Four subjects were arrested during the course of Operation "DOUBLE CHECK." One person was arrested for a probation violation and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Several bags of individually packaged marijuana were seized from his residence. One subject was arrested for existing warrants for failure to register as a sex offender in Brooks County, Georgia and failure to appear in Effingham County. State Parole and State Probation officers each arrested one person for violations of their conditions of supervision.

The combined efforts of these dedicated law enforcement professionals were instrumental in the successful execution of Operation "DOUBLE CHECK." This initiative was taken as a proactive effort to protect and safeguard our community and most especially the safety of our children."

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