Sweetwater County Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Compliance Check

sweetwater-county-sheriff-3Sweetwater County detectives carried out a sweep of registered sex offender compliance checks throughout the county last week. Sheriff Rich Haskell said detectives carried out nearly 100 registered offender compliance checks in Rock Springs, Green River, Farson-Eden, Wamsutter, Superior, and Bairoil. Two registered offenders were found to be non-compliant, which is a felony offense. Charges are being filed against both. Sex offenders as defined in Wyoming statute must be in compliance with state law by registering with the state Division of Criminal Investigation through local Sheriff’s Offices. They must also provide a range of information, including address, place of employment, and vehicle information. In addition, they are also required to notify authorities if they move or change jobs. Detective Sergeant John Grossnickle explained that the recent sweep was part of an operation that has been ongoing since 2009 called “Operation Jessica” for nine-year-old Jessica Marie Lunsford, who was abducted, raped, and murdered in Homosassa, Florida in 2005 by 47-year-old John Couey, a convicted sex offender who lived near her.