GA Sex Offender List Audit Findings

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Patricia Frey does everything she can to keep her two-year-old son happy, healthy and safe.

But she says that can be tough to do when law enforcement doesn't keep the community properly informed about sexual offenders in the area.

"You know there are several that I've known that have at least walked through our neighborhood, that aren't on the registry," said Frey. "But you know they've committed a sex crime because you've seen them being arrested for it and you've seen them on the news about it."

A recent audit done by the state of Georgia found the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is underfunded and understaffed.

It also found poor communication between government agencies and a lapse in adding out-of-state offenders, allowing cases to pile up.

Something Frey says is unacceptable.

"They need to stay on top of the registry, everytime someone gets charged with a sex crime especially towards a child of anyone, they need to make sure they put it on there right away," said Frey.

There are more than 200 sex offenders living in Lowndes County alone ... and deputies say they were the first county in Georgia to check every sex offender every 30 days.

"We think we do put a lot of effort into monitoring our offenders, keeping track of them as well as being a resource for the citizenry, if they need to contact someone that's what we encourage them to do," said Lieutenant Stryde Jones.

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