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7 wanted after officials search for hundreds of sex offenders

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Officers are actively pursuing seven registered sex offenders whose information could not be verified during a recent compliance check.

The three-day operation called "Operation Sex Offender Compliance Sweep" (Operation SOCS) was a joint operation conducted by the York County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals, and SLED agents.

Deputies, SLED agents, and U.S. Marshals went door-to-door to verify the addresses and other required information of the 347 registered sex offenders in York County.

During the check, officers and agents were able to verify the information for 340 of the sex offenders. The remaining seven will have warrants issued for their arrest.

"This should give the people of the community an assurance that the Sheriff's Office is getting ahead of the sex offender registry, they are not waiting for something to happen," said Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

The sex offender compliance check is part of the South Carolina sex offender law. The timing of the check is left to the Sheriff's discretion, but is conducted at least once each year.

"The most innocent of the innocent are usually the victims in sex offender cases," said Sheriff Bruce Bryant. "We will hold all sex offenders accountable for their actions, and we do our best to keep those offenders from harming anyone else in our county."

A registered sex offender must register an address change within three business days.

Under the guidance of Sheriff Bryant, the York County Sheriff's Office was the first agency in South Carolina to implement "Offender Watch", an online program that increases awareness of citizens and schools regarding registered sex offenders living in the area.

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