There are nearly 8,500 registered sex offenders in Kentucky, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. More than 300 of those live in Fayette County. Now, after Operation Bluegrass Corral, more than a dozen of those convicted sex offenders have been arrested and several others are considered fugitives. That's why authorities are asking for the public's help.
"If they're not adhering to what's going on, we're going to put them in jail," says US Marshal Loren Carl.
Operation Bluegrass Corral was the Fayette County part of a statewide effort to make sure convicted sex offenders were living where they are supposed to and keeping their information up-to-date. On December 6th and 7th; federal, state and local authorities conducted compliance checks on 262 of those registered sex offenders. It resulted in 14 arrests.
"Six sex offenders were arrested for being non-compliant. It may not just mean that they're not just living there but they're doing other violations of the law," explains Carl.
The other arrests were for other violations. Four of the convicted sex offenders couldn't be found and are now considered fugitives. Melissa Mae Brown is one of them; she was convicted of sexually abusing a one-year-old. Wayne Brian Wade is another, who was convicted of the sodomy and rape of an eight-year-old, Lane Weidner is also wanted; he was convicted for possession of child pornography and Antonio Luis Angel Fuentes who was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old. Authorities are asking for your help finding all of them.
"It's important for us to catch them but it's important for the public to know and they're out there and they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing," comments Carl.
"I intend to enforce consequences for violating the laws or violating the rules that these characters are required to comply with," explains Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson.
And if any of these hundreds sex offenders break the law in the future, authorities say they're going to get caught.
"We might be back next week and check them again. It's not that we've done this and we're going to quit and we finish this detail as we call it, across our district. We're going to continue this detail. These operations are going to continue to go on," says Carl.
If you have any information on those sex offender fugitives, call your local law enforcement agency.