‘Operation Valentine’ Cracks Down on Sex Offenders

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CLEVELAND, Ohio --

You might be surprised by the number of registered sex offenders living in Northeast Ohio, and police are checking to make sure each and every one of them is following the terms of their parole.

The U.S. Marshals Service is cracking down on local sex offenders who are not fulfilling their court-ordered requirements.

It's called "Operation Valentine," carried out by a joint task force of local law enforcement.

Peter Elliott is the head of the local U.S. Marshals Service. He says there are 20,000 registered sex offenders living in Ohio. Of those, nearly 4,000 are here in Cuyahoga County.

Earlier this week, officers from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conducted Operation Valentine, checking to make sure the offenders are living at a properly registered address and staying in contact with the sheriff's department.

After those checks, 40 arrest warrants were issued for violators. Friday night, 33 of those offenders are under arrest. Officials say 26 of those offenders include incidents involving minors.

Law enforcers say all threats against minors are extremely serious, and we must enforce all laws that protect children.

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