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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 14 2013

Officers team up to check on all sex offenders in ND Oil Patch county

WILLISTON, N.D. – Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up this week to check all sex offenders living and working in Williams County, a number that has nearly tripled since 2010 as a result of the oil boom.

Teams of officers checked 124 registered sex offenders at their residences and workplaces this week.

Ninety-five were compliant, two were located in jail and two had died. Officers determined that 25 were not compliant, and five will be referred for prosecution. The remaining 20 non-compliant offenders will be investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service to determine if they violated federal law.

Participating agencies were Williams County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, North Dakota Probation and Parole and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching said the effort aimed to send a message to sex offenders that law enforcement takes registration seriously. This won’t be the last multi-agency compliance check in Williams County, Busching said.

Sex offenders are required to register within three business days any change in address, workplace or school.