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Pender and Onslow County crack down on sex offenders

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY)-- Pender and Onslow counties are cracking down on sex offenders.

U.S. Marshals and several other agencies discussed a recent operation that targeted sex offenders. The project is called Operation Valor. They sent out 70 officers in divided teams to the homes of registered sex offenders in Onslow and Pender county.

"I think our community needs to come together to make sure we know who they are and where they're located especially for the safety of our children and our community,” Cheryl Kelley said.

Kelley is a social worker and a mom. She says it is her right to know about the sex offenders in her area. That's why the us marshal service designed Operation Valor.

"We went one step further,” U.S. Marshal, Scott Parker said. “We want the citizens who pay our salary of Pender County, Onslow County and the Eastern District of North Carolina to hold us accountable to make sure their neighborhoods are safe."

Officers from several agencies went knocking on the doors of all sex offenders this week.

"Violations such as living too close to a school or day cares,” Lt. Mark Scott explained. “We're checking a number of things. So, prevention is a big thing."

After checking all 100 Pender county sex offenders, officers arrested two men. They arrested Vernon Spencer for outstanding warrants on other charges and Lee Ennis for probation violation. The Marshal Service says they did what needed to be done.

"They have no respect for the law,” Parker said. “They are going to commit another crime. So we gave them a surprise attack. We charged them and put them where they need to be, in jail and let the court deal with them."

Kelley responded by saying, "I'm very happy to hear it. This is something that needed to be addressed and it seems like our law enforcement is on top of it. This is great."

Officers say there are at least three other cases in Pender County that are under investigation.
They plan to continue these surprise operations to stay proactive.

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Pender Onslow Co Sex offender round up.

2 arrests out of a hundred sex offenders in Pender County??? A waste of money and manpower, and sounds more like a political move.

You thinks it's a waste of

You thinks it's a waste of money and manpower when they got two sex offenders of the street?

First off, unless the

First off, unless the offenders are confined to these addresses, they can still commit their offense of choice. If they are dangerous to the population, they should be in jail.

"They have no respect for

"They have no respect for the law,” Parker said. “They are going to commit another crime.

A quote from a Federal Marshal! Where else could an apparent halfwit like this get a job other than as a civil service employee?

As far as I see, these people have served whatever penalties for previous crimes they have committed or they would not be moving freely in society. Leave them alone unless they commit another crime.

Or should we just burn them at the stake?

Numbers

"After checking all 100 Pender county sex offenders, officers arrested two men."

So a 2% arrest rate and for crime not pertaining to sex either.
Yet we have repeat offenders here in town that don't get checked on and they commit crime after crime after crime. I would think the arrest rate would be far better had they checked on drug dealers with priors, or felonious assault criminals.
2% arrest rate for repeat offenders shows that this was possibly a waste of money. While I applaud the effort the result was not what I anticipated.

Vog

I like this idea, but I

I like this idea, but I thought there were 100 counties in the state. Which counties do they think are safely free of sex offenders?

too bad we cant do the same

too bad we cant do the same things to the republicans they are just as bad , we need a nc free republicans lock them up or run them out of nc

idiot

You are just an idiot with political agendas. Maybe you are the one that needs to be away from North carolina. Liberal!!!

WHY?

The perception to me is that these type of sick individuals have more rights and protection than justice for their victims. The "perception" that the New Hanover County courts gives is that these child sex offenders, child abusers, rapists are untouchable. What's it going to take? How many more kids will have to abused physically, emotionaly, mentally and sexually before our Judges and prosecutors say enough is enough!

Fantastic idea!

Fantastic idea!

FANTASTIC!!!

Now this is what I call OUTSTANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT! Thank you to the surrounding counties of where my children live. Operation Valor is much needed here in New Hanover County! Wilmington is a magnet for pedophiles!

Will you please explain what

Will you please explain what evidence leads to the conclusion that "Wilmington is a magnet for pedophiles!"?

Thank you

Yes, really, with all the

Yes, really, with all the killing, robbing, raping and such going on in Wilmington, this is really a necessity.

Yes it is!!!

These are proactive law enforcement measures. Not reactive measures that are usually taken for the crimes you listed. It is a rarity to see any type of government worker especially a law enforcement officer make this kind of statement about the citizens who do actually pay his salary.

We went one step further,” U.S. Marshal, Scott Parker said. “We want the citizens who pay our salary of Pender County, Onslow County and the Eastern District of North Carolina to hold us accountable to make sure their neighborhoods are safe