Crime

A dozen sex offenders arrested during Central Kentucky sweep

Hunting rifles, shotguns and a crossbow were among the items found at the house of one registered sex offender in Harrodsburg. Junior Downs was charged on 10 counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The firearms were found during a check of sex offenders to see if they were living at their listed addresses. The weapons were displayed on Thursday, May 3, 2012, during a press conference in Lancaster called by U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl. Photo by Greg Kocher | Staff

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Hunting rifles, shotguns and a crossbow were among the items found at the house of one registered sex offender in Harrodsburg. Junior Downs was charged on 10 counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The firearms were found during a check of sex offenders to see if they were living at their listed addresses. The weapons were displayed on Thursday, May 3, 2012, during a press conference in Lancaster called by U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl. Photo by Greg Kocher | Staff gkocher1@herald-leader.com Greg Kocher | Staff

LANCASTER — Eight registered sex offenders were arrested for not living at their listed addresses or being non-compliant in some other way during a sweep of six Central Kentucky counties last month, U.S. Marshal Loren "Squirrel" Carl said Thursday.

Four other offenders were arrested on various other charges, and another six men were cited to court with violating a state law that prohibits sex offenders from having Facebook or other social-media accounts.

In all, 29 individual charges or citations were issued as a result of the sweep, Carl said during a news conference at the new justice center in Lancaster.

"If they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, we're going to charge them," Carl said.

The arrests were the result of "Operation Lincoln Trail," a compliance check conducted by 16 law-enforcement agencies during April 25 and 26.

The sweep included 204 residence checks in Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer and Rockcastle counties. Of those 204 checks, 63 offenders had moved to Kentucky from other states; 18 were from Ohio.

One registered sex offender, Junior Downs of Harrodsburg, was arrested on 10 counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The weapons included high-powered rifles, shotguns and a crossbow, which were displayed on a table at the news conference.

Warrants have been issued for three men who are considered fugitives. Carl released the names of two of those fugitives. They are David Akers, 59, of Harrodsburg, and Joshua Allen Deaton, 26, of Nicholasville.

Akers, who was once a youth league basketball coach in Jessamine County, is believed to be in China, Carl said.

Five other offenders are under investigation for possible non-compliance.

One offender was out on bond but was arrested for violating the terms of his release. Another offender was arrested on charges not related to his sex-offender status.

And one person was arrested on outstanding warrants at the residence of a sex offender. Three other sex offenders were found in jails in Boyle, Casey and Taylor counties.

Earlier this year, the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff said it was conducting an internal inquiry into reports that deputies gave several sex offenders advance warning about a federal sweep conducted in December.

The status of that inquiry was not immediately available Thursday from the Fayette sheriff's office.

No offenders during this latest sweep were tipped off, Carl said.

This was the seventh sex-offender compliance check conducted through the marshal's office. In all, 1,596 residences were checked from August 2010 through April 2012, and 120 arrests were made.

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