Sex Offender Compliance Checked, 8 Arrested

Eight people were arrested after lawmen checked sex offender compliance in three Eastern Carolina counties today.

Called Operation Northern Star, some 45 members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force and local law enforcement visited the homes of 134 registered sex offenders in Gates, Hertford and Northampton counties.

As officers were verifying the compliance of the sex offenders, they also arrested eight people on various charges. They ended up seizing 18 firearms, 677 rounds of ammunition and 13 doses of crack cocaine.

The Marshal Service says today's operation is the first of its kind in this area of the state.


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  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Tick of your girl friend, you may end up as a sex offender. Date a crack head, you may end up as a sex offender. Have a girl lie to you about her age,you may end up as a sex offender. Have a girl ask you for money and don't give it to her, you may end up as a sex offender. Spilt up with yoour wife, you may end up as a sex offender. The list grows.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Was any arrested for new sex crimes? I bet not. So to me also this is a waste of money.
  • by CJ Location: NC on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    The truth is sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories. I would rather know who has had a D.W.I. More kids and adults are hurt or killed by drinking and driving. You don't see a registery for that do you?
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      by Disagree on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to CJ
      Can you site some statistics please because I've always thought just the opposite.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to Disagree
        Statistics on recidivism rates for registered sex offenders typically indicate between 3 - 8%, way lower than all other criminals. You can easily find recidivism rates information by searching online. Note that some statistics will indicate upwards of 25% and negate, or briefly mention, that they are referring to new non-sex related charges and not necessarily sex-related charges. We need to stop the hysteria. Unfortunately, only horrible cases receive media attention and therefore all people labeled as "sex offenders" are looked down upon as piranhas of society. It simply is not so. As a parent, we should all protect our kids; however, we should not raise them to be paranoid.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to Disagree
        My previous comment did not post. You may also gather extensive information by visiting an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of sex offender policies, etc. at http://www.hrw.org/reports/2007/09/11/no-easy-answers-0
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          by Disagree on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to
          If we're talking about petty sex offenses, i.e., he was 18, she was 16, Daddy got mad...I understand. However, as a victim of sexual abuse as a teen, it's hard for me personally to visualize anything other than a piranha when I think about sexual offenders. I'm not raising my children to be paranoid at all. I AM cautious but they are unaware.
  • by me on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    sexual predators and sex offenders are not the some thing.The way the laws are in North Carolina everyone is a sex offender. Its just under the laws some have been charged,some have not.Must up here don't know that.
  • by ME Location: NC on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    I'm against sexual offenses as much as the next civilized person, but to agree with Anonymous at 4:05, why can't they own a gun if you are free? Also, why are we pushing this tracking on sex offenders, yet murderers don't have such tracking? It is very strange... our society...
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      by Joe on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to Citizen
      So true. Why not have one from DWI's too
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    If they've served their prison sentence and are 'free' why can't they own firearms? I can understand the drugs, as they're illegal regardless of circumstances. But why are your rights not returned upon release from prison? It's always seemed blatantly unconstitutional to me.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to
      Felons lose their rights to own firearms, unless their rights are reinstated by the courts.
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      by Keep a clean record.. on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:06 PM in reply to
      You know before you commit a felony that some basic rights will be stripped forever. If people want to own guns, then maybe they should be law abiding citizens.
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        by Fac on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to Keep a clean record..
        You know when you get in your car you are going to speed. What gets me is you can KILL someone DWI and get your driving rights back and do it again.
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          by Keep a clean record... on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:01 PM in reply to Fac
          I don't disagree that penalties need to be tougher for those with DWI convictions. That's not what we're talking about though...
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      by Shine on Dec 6, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to
      If a convicted sex offender is considered a felony or they are convicted felons on other charges they can not own firearms, or vote, or etc.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:52 PM in reply to Shine
        A felon can vote. I do it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    If they've served their prison sentence and are 'free' why can't they own firearms? I can understand the drugs, as they're illegal regardless of circumstances. But why are your rights not returned upon release from prison? It's always seemed blatantly unconstitutional to me.
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      by me on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to
      If they all lived with you or next door it would be fine with me.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:07 PM in reply to me
        I live next to you already....LOL
  • by All for this Location: NC on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    Now let's send the Czars out to each person on disability and see what they are doing; at oh, maybe 1030 in the AM.
  • by Al BUNDY on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    I am glad they got them and I hope they get a lot more! They are a waste of humanity and they get locked up for a long long time! I think they should build a Super Maximum lock up somewhere in the middle no where.This way if they escape they have to deal with the Gators and the bugs and the snakes and bears.This way they become the hunted and not the hunters! I feel for the victims they hurt not them.
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