BECKLEY, W.Va. – A four-day law enforcement blitz aimed at verifying compliance of registered sex offenders results in over 50 arrests.

The law enforcement sweep found 54 out of 317 registered sex offenders out of compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The initiative, known as Operation Lump of Coal, was conducted in five southern West Virginia counties by multiple state and local law enforcement agencies. It was initiated by members of the West Virginia State Police, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service’s CUFFED Division.

The sweep was held Dec. 9-12  and covered Mercer, McDowell, Monroe, Summers and Wyoming counties.

A similar compliance sweep, known as Operation Coal Dust, was held back in August and covered Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties. The sweep checked on 209 registered sex offenders and found a total of 10 individuals out of compliance.

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Comments

  • Neil B Fisher

    Here is the first and foremost important
    question . Of all the sex criminals found
    to be out of compliance and arrested how
    many in number and in percent were the
    true dangerous offender the worst of the
    worst the Predator?
    Being we the people don't' really care about
    the offender who may have fondled his minor
    step-daughter's boob 20 years ago without
    another sex charge conviction from that time
    on, for that deals more towards a family situation
    and a local community concern than a danger to
    society and really should not be on the sex offender
    registration list in the first place. So ,of all those
    located how many were termed as a predator?

  • Neil B Fisher

    Here is the first and foremost important
    question . Of all the sex criminals found
    to be out of compliance and arrested how
    many in number and in percent were the
    true dangerous offender the worst of the
    worst the Predator?
    Being we the people don't' really care about
    the offender who may have fondled his minor
    step-daughter's boob 20 years ago without
    another sex charge conviction from that time
    on, for that deals more towards a family situation
    and a community concern than a danger to
    society and really should not be on the sex offender
    registeration list in the first place

  • JS

    Truth, I am worried about your children. You have spouted crap about "most" sex offenders. A sex offender is a sex offender. Stay please stay away from children and please protect your own from "most" sex offenders.

    • Truth

      Don't worry about my children worry about your own. My daughter is 18 and grew up just fine despite having a parent on the registry. In fact the thing that caused her and the rest of my family the most harm was the government forcing me on to a public hit list registry for having sex with my girlfriend when we were both teenagers. That girlfriend became my wife and despite the registry we did an excellent job raising a wonderful daughter. Oh guess what, I have a school 200 feet from my house and I've lived here for 14 years without a problem with anyone. In fact everyone was glad to see me and my family when we went to the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the school.
      So no, a sex offender is not a sex offender. And this crap I have been spouting is fact. I've done my homework, time for you to do yours.

  • Dale

    Truth, are you saying these folks (whom have been convicted of some of the most horrific crimes against mankind) should not have to comply with the conditions that allow them to be released from incarceration?

    • Truth

      ""Truth, are you saying these folks (whom have been convicted of some of the most horrific crimes against mankind)......""

      Oh give me a break. I am not making light of sexual offense and the crimes that some sex offenders commit but this "most horrific crimes assertion is overboard and goes hand in hand with the foolishness of the assertion made in your first comment...'that all sex offenders are predators'. All sex offenders are not monsters, are not predators, and all are definitely not pedophiles. In fact very few are. People like Phillip Garrido are the exception and not the rule, he indeed was a monster. Today teenagers and children involved in typical sexual experimentation account for a large percentage of so called sex offenders. Even if your not talking about the youth on the registry the vast majority of sex crimes committed by adults are familial offenses. And guess who has the lowest recidivism rates of all other classes of sex offenders besides youth offenders...? ... Incest offenders. Not only do they have the lowest recidivism rate of all other sex offenders but all sex offenders have a far lower recidivism rate compared to all other types of crime, yet no other former offender has such conditions and restrictions placed on them. So i'm not saying that these people should not have to comply with these conditions I'm saying they should not have these conditions in the first place. Anyone who has completed their court ordered sentence including parole or probation should be free to live and work and reintegrate back in to society the same way every other former offender is allowed to. I know the common argument is that their victims have to live with what happened to them so why shouldn't their offenders. But what people fail to realize is that prison doesn't just go away after one walks out the gate. Prison and the things a person experiences in prison lasts a lifetime and is often times far worse than any thing they did to end up there.

  • Truth

    ""My question is why are so many out of compliance?""

    Because the officers were looking for any little stupid trivial technical discrepancy to charge them with in order to make it look as if these gestapo-esque compliance checks are worth the time, money , and resources that are wasted on them. 99.9% of the time these people are arrested for things that are perfectly innocent and completely normal and legal for 99.9% of the rest of society. Forget to report a new email...oh were going to send ya to prison for that. A day late renewing your drivers license....off to jail for you. Ask them how many of those 54 people were arrested for a real crime... a new sex offense, drugs, burglary etc...
    I'm betting maybe, a big maybe, one person. Yeah god bless our troopers, NOT, for wasting time, money, resources and tax payers dollars to arrest, try, convict, and incarcerate people for, as I said, things that are for all intensive purposes legal.

    • mauldawg

      You are an idiot!!

    • shortbusnation

      Maybe all of these people should have thought about getting put back in jail when they were raping 13 year old little girls or 14 year old boys. Like we are supposed to feel sorry for any of this trash!

      • Truth

        Ha Ha your user name says it all. You rode the short bus as a kid didn't you. Not all 'sex offenders' have raped anyone. But a large percentage were convicted of statutory rape for being teenagers and doing what teenagers do.

        • mauldawg

          You are still stupid.

          • Truth

            The one who can't come up with anything better to say or form a rational comment other than calling people stupid is calling me stupid. Now THAT is stupid!

        • Jason412

          I was a teenager a few years ago, and I didnt sleep with 14-15 year old girls when I was 18.

          Do not act like all teens are eligible to be convicted of statutory rape. If youre a senior in high school and have to sleep with girls in 8th or 9th grade then you should just keep it in your pants.

          None of my friends were ever facing a statutory charge and we did plenty "of what teenagers do" so dont act like this is something that could just happen to any teenage boy.

          If youre 17, sleep with girls 16 or older. If you're 18 dont sleep with underage girls. Its not complicated.

          • Debra

            Actually by state law 14 and 15 year olds can have a partner 4 years their senior. And 16 is the legal age of consent to have relations with whomever.

  • Dale

    God Bless our Troopers for trying to keep track of these predators. My question is why are so many out of compliance?