Government agencies point fingers over monitoring registered sex offenders

In Maryland, law enforcement authorities go to registered sex offenders’ homes twice per year or more, in order to confirm that the person is living there, as Scott McCabe reports for the Washington Examiner.

They’ve been doing things a little differently in D.C., apparently. The D.C. police and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency both recently disclaimed responsibility for checking up on registered sex offenders, pointing fingers at the other.

And as a result, McCabe reports, some registered sex offenders have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of law enforcement. Four men, for example, listed their addresses as that of D.C. police headquarters, and this wasn’t noticed by law enforcement for who knows how long.

In other cases, convicted sex offenders move out of the D.C. area but claim residency in D.C., allowing them to skip out on the sex offender registry in the new place they live. One man is said to have been teaching at a private school before authorities discovered that he was a registered sex offender in D.C.

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency has now claimed responsibility over monitoring all registered sex offenders.