Officers Looking for Non-Compliant Sex Offender in Mercer County

Convicted sex offenders can only live in certain areas and if they move, they have to notify authorities.

To make sure they’re doing both, officers did a surprise check in some Central Kentucky counties.

The officers were making sure sex offenders are following the rules that were outlined by a judge.

These random checks happen multiple times throughout the year, most recently as Operation Whiskey River.

A dozen law enforcement agencies checked 137 registered sex offenders in Anderson, Mercer, Scott and Woodford Counties.

Authorities said they only found two who weren’t compliant: Michael Smith and David Cross.

Officers arrested Smith on Friday.

They said they’re still looking for Cross who they believe is in the Mercer County Area.

Two other sex offenders are being investigated in Anderson County for possibly being non-compliant.

Investigators are pleased with their results.

“It’s a success in the fact that we make them do what they’re doing,” said Loren Carl, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  “I want them to know if they’re not, we’re coming back, we’re going to put them in jail. If they don’t do it and they don’t comply with what the law says, we’re going to put them in jail.  They don’t know if we’re coming back this week, next week, next month but we’re going to continue to check all of them."

The operation unintentionally went beyond a sex offender check.

Authorities said in Scott County, four people who happened to be in a sex offender’s home were arrested on unrelated charges.

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