Joint Operation to Check Compliance of Sex Offender Registry in Nevada County
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On December 13, 2023, a joint operation conducted by the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office Investigators Unit, in collaboration with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Grass Valley Police Department, and the Nevada County Probation, aimed to verify the compliance of individuals registered under Penal Code 290. This California law mandates the registration of individuals convicted of specific sex crimes as sex offenders.
Under the statute, sex offenders are obligated to register in person with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over their place of residence. Additionally, they must adhere to various requirements, including annual updates to their registration and immediate notification to law enforcement about any changes in residence or other relevant information. Failure to fulfill these obligations is considered a criminal offense and can result in felony or misdemeanor charges.
The December 13th operation focused on proactive surveillance to reduce violent sexual offenses in Nevada County. The collaborative effort by local law enforcement aimed to apprehend habitual sexual offenders who were out of compliance with registration requirements, strictly enforcing the provisions of Penal Code section 290.
During the operation, law enforcement personnel made significant progress:
- Two felony arrests were executed for individuals found to be out of compliance with registration requirements.
- Three individuals were successfully brought back into compliance, ensuring that they met the necessary registration standards.
- One probation arrest was carried out on an individual who was on pretrial release for a suspected 290 eligible crime. This person was found to be in violation of the terms imposed by the court.