Authorities arrest 22 in sex offender check
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 19, 2011 | 2825 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local, state and federal authorities arrested more than 20 people in a two-day sex offender compliance search last month.

During a press conference Monday, Bartow County Sheriff's Office Maj. Carey Millsap said his department, along with agents from various other agencies, conducted intense compliance checks on the sex offenders in Bartow and Floyd counties March 28-29.

Agents from the U.S. Marshals Service, BCSO, Georgia State Probation, Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Secret Service computer forsensics team, the Georgia Bureau of Investiation, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force and Floyd County Sheriff's Office worked in six teams -- three in Bartow and three in Floyd -- to conduct 133 compliance checks.

Twenty-two people were arrested during Operation Red Clay Roundup and eight guns were removed, according to Millsap. Charges filed included drug charges, failure to pay child support and child pornography. Nine of those arrests occurred during an April 6 follow-up where warrants obtained from the compliance search were served.

"We at the sheriff's office, we basically keep a check on our sex offenders, compliance checks, on a regular basis. We try to do them as often as we possibly can," Millsap said.

Supervisor Deputy U.S. Marshal Pat Carothers said the Marshals Service attempts to conduct searches on a routine basis but the frequency depends on budgets and the availability of marshals.

"This is our fourth operation we've had in the northern district of Georgia, and they've been fairly successful," he said. "We go out there and do intense compliance checks, and if the need arises to make arrests at that time -- probation or sheriff or whatever -- we just help them do that. ... We try to do it once every quarter."

"We're very fortunate to have good folks like the marshals to work with, and with Floyd County having a good relationship with them, the GBI and everyone else, to be able to come together and be very successful like it was," Millsap said.