Gwinnett sex offender sweep nets 9 arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A two-day sex offender sweep led by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office netted nine arrests and 48 compliance checks, officials said Friday.

The multi-departmental sweep, held Wednesday and Thursday, broke more than 40 officers from seven different agencies into teams of four to conduct "surprise compliance checks" on registered sex offenders living in Gwinnett, sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Sean Smith said.

The nine arrests included probation and parole violations and one apprehension for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"The main goal of this operation was to conduct a show of force, law enforcement unity and cooperation in keeping a watch on the county's sex offenders," U.S. Marshals sex offender investigations coordinator Katrina Crouse said.

There are approximately 450 sex offenders living in Gwinnett County.

This week's operation included the United States Marshals, Secret Service, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Pardons and Parole and Georgia Department of Corrections.

"I appreciate the agencies involved for assisting us in making Gwinnett a safer community by taking these individuals off our streets," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said.