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Author: Jeff Luther
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM
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On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Sebastian and Vero Beach Police Departments, conducted Operation Trick or Treat 2011. In its' second year, Operation Trick or Treat consisted of compliance checks on all registered sexual offenders and predators living in Indian River County.
During the compliance check, six (6) sexual offenders and one (1) sexual predator were arrested on active warrants for charges including violation of sex offender residency restrictions, failure to update the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), and failure to reregister. One wanted sexual offender, David Witt, could not be located, but it is believed Witt has moved out of state. Anyone with information on Witt should contact Detective Eric Flowers at 772-473-0997.
- Paul Cummings -Sex Offender Failure to Register with DHSMV
- James Goddard- Sex Offender Failure to Re-register
- Charles Goodpasture- Sex Predator Failure to Register
- Raymond McNeal- Sex Offender Failure to Register with DHSMV
- Leonard Scott- Sex Offender Violation of County Ordinance Residency Restrictions
- Harold Morin- Sex Offender Failure to Register with DHSMV
- Kevin Jones- Sex Offender Violation of County Ordinance Residency Restrictions
- Still Wanted: David Witt- Sex Offender Failure to Re-register
Operation Trick or Treat was instituted by Sheriff Deryl Loar last year in an attempt to ensure compliance with laws regulating sex offenders. The time of year chosen, as the name implies, was due to the number of children who participate in trick or treating. The agencies involved strive to ensure that violators are apprehended prior to Halloween. Additionally, the operation attempts to ensure that other registered offenders who are prohibited from decorating their homes or participating in trick or treating activities, are in compliance.
Sheriff Deryl Loar wants to encourage all parents to check the FDLE Sex Offender Web site at www.fdle.state.fl.us for offenders who may live in the area in which they plan to participate in Halloween activities.