State, Local Operation Rounds Up Over 50 Unregistered Sexual or Violent Offenders in Great Falls

The Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Great Falls Police Department today announced the result of a joint operation this week to locate unregistered sexual or violent offenders.

Currently, there are 521 active registered sex and violent offenders within the City of Great Falls. Ninety non-compliant sex and violent offenders had failed to return their address verification letters; of them, 18 were sex offenders and 72 were violent offenders. The joint law enforcement operation resulted in 52 offenders being located and brought into compliance. One sex offender was arrested for failure to register; two more offenders are being sought on non-related warrants and will be investigated for being non-compliant and could face additional charges for their failure to register.

The Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole office in Great Falls also assisted in locating non-compliant offenders under supervision.

Bryan Lockerby, administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice said, “These compliance checks will continue and citizens are encouraged to check the Montana Department of Justice Sex and Violent Offender website. If individuals know of an offender who lives in their neighborhood and is listed as non-compliant, they are encouraged to report that information to local law enforcement.”

The Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Sex and Violent Offender Compliance program will continue partnerships with other local law enforcement agencies to conduct sweeps in the state to bring offenders into compliance for failing to properly register and will seek criminal charges on offenders who fail to return address verification letters or other registration requirements.

Searching the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is free. To access the registry, visit: /svor