Authorities say five sex offenders in Lancaster County are on the run — and now have warrants for failing to register their address with police.
The U.S. Marshals Service and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a joint effort this week to locate nearly 100 registered sex offenders ended with 91 compliant registered sex offenders, while one was arrested for providing false information during his last registration and another two are under evaluation for possible violations of the Federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the joint operation, dubbed Operation Lights Out, has a arrested more than 2,500 state fugitives since 2009.
“We are very grateful to the Marshal’s Office for coming to Lancaster to help us with this operation. The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to making Lancaster County a safer place to live and operations like these are part of that mission, ” said Faile, who is running for re-election on November 6. “Strong partnerships with Federal Agencies like the Marshal’s Office only enhance the quality of service that we provide citizens. I would like to thank US Marshal Washington, his staff, and our deputies for helping make this operation a success.”
Deputies partnered with Federal Authorities to carry out the operation. “The utilization of local and federal teams has emphasized the importance of tracking registered sex offenders by working together to protect our community,” said Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina. “The dedicated law enforcement teams worked cohesively and verified 91 sex offenders living in Lancaster County. The individuals currently under review for the Adam Walsh violations may soon see the arms of our justice system for their alleged violations.”
Among those with outstanding warrants for Failure to Register: