The U-S Marshal for the northern district of Iowa recently conducted a check of every registered sex offender in the 52 counties in the district. Marshal Tim Junker says it was a “first in the nation” 100-percent compliance check. He says out of the 1,745 sex offenders, there were 1,590 living where they were supposed to be.

He says 155 were not compliant, and so far there have been over 50 state warrants issued for violations of the offenses and over 13 federal warrants issued for violations.

Junker says there were a variety of reasons the offenders were living in the wrong place. Junker says sometimes they might want to live with a woman who has children they have offended against, and they can’t legally do that and don’t want law officers to know where they are. Junker says deputy marshals worked with state, county and local law officers to conduct the compliance checks.

By Josie Cooper, KSCJ, Sioux City