March 4, 2014
WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service last week to verify the addresses of those on the sex offender registry.
The marshals came to Oconee County from different parts of the Palmetto State and assembled for a briefing at the Gignilliat Community Center in Seneca. After the meeting, the deputies paired with a marshal to begin work to verify the addresses of 156 registered sex offender who live in Oconee County.
It was during this time that Cynthia Renee Brooks, 43, of 249 Mormon Church Road in Seneca, was arrested for a sex offender registry violation for a third offense for failing to register. The Seneca Police Department is credited with the arrest.
Through the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office and the Marshals Service, 137 of the 156 sex offenders addresses were able to be verified. Deputies will continue the operation until all of the remaining offenders are verified.
“The Marshals are not a registering agency, but they can assist local agencies in verifying registered sex offender addresses,” said Deputy Kelly Winchester, sex offender registrar with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. “The marshals who we partnered with specialize in locating absconded sex offenders.”
The U.S. Marshals Service serves as the lead federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offenders registration violation under what is known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
They also assists federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitive sex offenders, plus works closely with other organizations, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Justice Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking Office.