Cleveland County goes knocking on 200 sex offenders' doors

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - This week, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office made unannounced visits to more than 200 registered sex offenders in the area.

"This is just an aggressive approach in order to help keep the county as safe as possible," said Sheriff Alan Norman.

Every sex offender is required to let law enforcement know about major changes like moving to a new home or getting a new job, but not everyone obeys the law. That's why Cleveland County deputies went knocking.

In most cases, the visits went smoothly and took less than two minutes.

Residents in the area said they welcome the random checks.

"I think it's a good idea because, if you really keep track and people know you're coming to see them on the regular, they have a tendency to get right and stay right," said Shelby resident K.B. Banner.

By the end of the two-day sweep of the county, deputies found twelve people who may be breaking the law by not living where they said they were.

Now deputies will follow up by investigating exactly where those twelve offenders are.  They'll be charged with failing to register if deputies discover they moved without notifying law enforcement.

"The sheriff's office is going to be coming back, and going to be watching and making sure that you are in compliance, and if not we're going to be arresting you," said Norman.

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