Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Barbara Zonay and her partner are making house calls Wednesday.
"We are going to make sure that everybody is in compliance. They have to list an address with the sex offender registry and that way we know where everybody is," Det. Sgt. Zonay said.
The pair is going door-to-door, checking on registered sex offenders in the towns of Braintree and Bethel. Sex offenders are required to register with the state to be listed on the online database. They are also required to update their information at the closest state police barracks on an annual basis. These detectives, and others around the state, follow up on a regular basis to make sure the information is accurate.
"We do them randomly. We can do them at any time. Different places do them at different times," Det. Sgt. Zonay said.
Vermont's Sex Offender Registry was established in 1996. The online database contains the names, towns and crimes committed. The registry does not list exact addresses, but police know where they live. Currently there are 1,445 on the state's online registry.
"We have a list of 50 or 60 in Orange County and Windsor County total. But we break them up into smaller groups, that way it is manageable," Det. Sgt. Zonay said.
Of the eight registered sex offenders checked on Wednesday, four were found to be living exactly where they are supposed to be. Three were not home at the time and the state police will follow up. The eighth was not in compliance at the beginning of the day due to an address error. But after being contacted by police, the necessary changes were made.
A recent check in Addison County found that 53 out of 56 offenders were complying with their online obligations. The coordinator of Vermont's registry did not have immediate numbers for statewide compliance rates, but officials say recent improvements to the database -- which includes more information and increased access for law enforcement -- is improving compliance rates. Det. Sgt. Zonay says it's making the public safer. "It is definitely a reason to do it and to make sure that the sex offenders know that we are paying attention too," she said.
Sunday, December 8 2013 9:19 AM EST2013-12-08 14:19:27 GMT
Whether it's already cut and waiting or still hiding in the field, a tree farm can hold that perfect centerpiece for your holiday living room. And at Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury, they say pickingMore >>
If you're celebrating Christmas and you don't already have your tree, chances are you're thinking of getting one. More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 9:19 AM EST2013-12-08 14:19:23 GMT
The sun is completing a "solar flip," and that means many people could have the best chance in a decade of seeing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. NASA says every 11 years the sun's polar magneticMore >>
We check in on some of the week's big science stories, including why the Northern Lights may be more visible soon.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 7:09 AM EST2013-12-08 12:09:14 GMT
Competition could be fierce for new casino licenses in upstate New York. The licenses will be awarded next year after voters passed an amendment allowing Vegas-style casinos outside Indian land. FourMore >>
Competition could be fierce for new casino licenses in upstate New York.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 7:06 AM EST2013-12-08 12:06:06 GMT
Talks next week in New York will try to determine how new state land in the central Adirondacks can be used. The Adirondack Park Agency is considering recommendations for the land in the towns of IndianMore >>
Talks next week in New York will try to determine how new state land in the central Adirondacks can be used.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 7:04 AM EST2013-12-08 12:04:16 GMT
A 28-year-old Coventry man is dead after a crash Saturday night in Irasburg. Police say at about 8:40 p.m. Gerald Begin rolled his car on Route 5 and was thrown out of the vehicle. He was taken toMore >>
A 28-year-old Coventry man is dead after a crash Saturday night in Irasburg.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 8:43 PM EST2013-12-08 01:43:53 GMT
Police in New Hampshire are investigating an accident on Interstate 89 that claimed two lives. It happened on the northbound lane between Exit#18 and Exit#19 in Lebanon. The initial investigation revealedMore >>
It happened on the northbound lane between Exit#18 and Exit#19 in Lebanon, N.H. Saturday.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 8:38 PM EST2013-12-08 01:38:15 GMT
A Burlington family is remembering the life of a young teen through artwork. Emily Lyman died of Leukemia at just fifteen years old, in December of last year. Now, her mother, Monica Lyman, is holdingMore >>
A Burlington family is remembering the life of a young teen through artwork.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 8:17 PM EST2013-12-08 01:17:57 GMT
There's still plenty of time to check off gifts on that Christmas list. The 21st Annual Vermont International Festival has something for everyone. The event began at the Champlain Valley Exposition asMore >>
Shoppers could find everything from Yoga mats from South America to jewelry from Tibet.More >>