A Clark County man was indicted with a felony for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says they are stepping up enforcement to hold sex offenders accountable.
The sheriff’s office was awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (S.M.A.R.T.).
Darnell Brandon Sr., 49, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a charge of failure to register as a sexually oriented offender. An arrest warrant has been issued in his case.
“On Aug. 21, 2011, Darnell Lane Brandon St. was convicted of attempted rape out of Clark County Common Pleas Court,” the wanted poster for Brandon says. “Mr. Brandon is classified as a tier III sex offender, requiring him to register every 90 days for life.”
Brandon is one of two people wanted by the sheriff for failing to register, according to the office. The other one is Marisa Hedrick-Lewis, 24.
Each county sheriff is responsible for the registration of sex offenders who register on a scheduled periodic basis, which is determined by their sex offender Tier classification. Offenders must also register any change of residence, place of employment, or enrollment in a school or institution of higher education, according to the sheriff’s office.
On top of that, the sheriff’s office is also required to conduct yearly housing compliance checks on each offender. With the grant, the sheriff’s office will be able to check on compliance of sex offenders every quarter, the office said.
“There are currently 221 active sex offenders required to register in Clark County,” the sheriff’s office said in a release. “Housing compliance checks in 2019 resulted in nine subjects being arrested or a warrant issued for failure to register (all 3rd and 4th-degree felonies).”
The grant will help the sheriff’s office enhance their monitoring of registered sex offenders, the release says, and expand community education and prevention programs in Clark County.
“The project plan includes coordination of a task force that will conduct quarterly housing compliance checks of all registered sex offenders in Clark County,” the release says. “To make this possible, the Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Clark County Municipal Court Probation Office and the Clark County Common Pleas Probation Office to assist with the housing checks and hold offenders accountable. The Sheriff’s Office will purchase additional equipment for verification activities to ensure up-to-date information is easily accessible on all sex offenders.”
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