Wood, Wirt sweep targets sex offender compliance

CHARLESTON (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say more than 50 sex offenders in Wirt and Wood counties are out of compliance with a federal registration and notification law.

The offenders were identified during a three-day enforcement sweep called Operation Black Diamond.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, U.S. Marshal John D. Foster and West Virginia State Police 1st Lt. Michael Baylous announced the operation’s results on Friday.

They say 57 of 252 registered sex offenders targeted by the sweep are out of compliance with the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. Police are searching for eight offenders who have fled.

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