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Interagency Sex Offender Compliance Check Conducted in Florence Area
07/11/2008
Sarah Huff
Public Information Officer
Florence Police Department
Office: (541) 997-4174 ext. 213

On July 10, 2008 troopers from the Oregon State Police, officers from the Florence Police Department, a probation officers from the Lane County Sheriff's Department, and a social service specialist from the Oregon Department of Health Services Child Welfare Program teamed together to conduct a random check of registered sex offenders living in the City of Florence and in the unincorporated area in the immediate vicinity of Florence to ensure compliance with their registration requirements.
 
There are currently about 55 registered sex offenders living in our community, both in Florence and in the greater Florence area. The teams checked on 43 sex offenders in total. Some of the registrants were unable to be located and will be checked at a later time. However two felony citations were issued for Failure to Register, two misdemeanor citations were issued for Failure to Register, and one misdemeanor Warrant for Arrest for Failure to Register as a Probation Violation was served.
 
The following individuals were out of compliance and cited to appear in court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender is as follows:
 
Sean Kenneth James, age 28 Cited by OSP (Felony)
Bradley Joseph Martin, age 24 Cited by OSP (Felony)
Daniel Ray Cropper, age 38 Cited by OSP (Misdemeanor)
Paul Michael Hesgard, age 30 Cited by FPD (Misdemeanor)
 
Arrested by Florence Police Department on a Lane County Circuit Court Warrant of Arrest for Failure to Register Probation Violation:
 
Ryan Christopher Lawson, age 26
 
Those cited for offenses occurring outside of the city limits of Florence would have their cases referred to the District Attorney for prosecution in Circuit Court in Eugene. Those cited for misdemeanor offenses occurring inside the city limits of Florence will be prosecuted in the Florence Municipal Court.
 
"It is of critical importance to make certain these types of offenders are in compliance with their registration requirements. If a sex offender chooses to not comply with registration requirements, they can expect to be subject to arrest, prosecution, and, if convicted, possible jail time," said Florence Police Chief Maurice Sanders.
 
Sex Offenders are required to register annually within 10 calendar days of the registrant's birthday. Failure to register is a Class A Misdemeanor. If a registrant changes his/her address, they must register within 10 calendar days of leaving their old address. The level of their initial offense is what would determine if failure to register a change of address would be a felony or misdemeanor.
 
Currently there are no PREDATORY registered sex offenders in Florence. Per ORS 181.585 a person is a predatory sex offender if the person exhibits characteristics showing a tendency to victimize or injure others and has been convicted of a specific sex crime, or who has been convicted of attempting to commit one of those crimes, or has been found guilty except for insanity of one of those crimes.
 
The Oregon State Police currently operates and maintains a reporting database for the state's registered sex offenders. A list of offenders, both on and off supervision can be obtained by calling the Oregon State Police at (503) 378-3725 Ext. 44429. A list request can be sent by email to SexOffender.Questions@state.or.us .
 
The requestor will need to provide a name, mailing address and the city of zip code for which they seek list information. Most requests are processed within 2-3 days however it can take up to one week depending on circumstances.

 
Additional information regarding the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration program is available on the Departments website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SOR.