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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:30 am

A sweep of area sex offenders Tuesday by the Texas Department of Public Safety found three individuals who failed to meet requirements.

Senior Trooper Harpin Myers said those individuals will be arrested and charged with failure to comply with registration requirements.

The felony charge scales in punishment range depending on the nature of the offense and the registration requirement imposed by a judge.

The 12-hour sweep hit only a few of the region’s sex offenders, focusing mainly on Killeen and Copperas Cove. All three instances of noncompliance were in Killeen.

In most cases, people convicted of sexually violent crimes are required to register with state and local authorities for 10 years. They must provide a home address, place of employment and an up-to-date photo.

That information is entered into a public database.

“We have to make sure they follow the rules,” Myers said. “People don’t hear about it too often, but it happens quite a bit.”

The sweep checked the homes of 13 sex offenders in Bell and Coryell counties. Bell County has 446 registered sex offenders, about 200 of whom live in Killeen, according to DPS. Coryell County has 91.

Though the sample size was small, Myers said one of the reasons DPS performed the sweep was to work in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.

“(The sweeps) will continue, and we are training other agencies to do them as well,” Myers said.

Troopers were joined Tuesday by DPS criminal investigators and Bell County sheriff’s deputies.

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