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Tulsa task force targets homeless sex offenders

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 15:20:11-04

TULSA -- A Tulsa task force took down two dozen men who failed to register as sex offenders.

"Operation Hide and Seek" spanned over two months and police arrested 24 men for failing to register as sex offenders.

They say this is only the beginning.

Tulsa police teamed up with the DA’s office and US Marshals for Operation Hide and Seek. The goal was focused on identifying sex offenders, many who claimed to be homeless and hid from authorities.

"When we have offenders that are failing to register, just flat out not coming in, or registering at false addresses, they’re hiding within the community and you don’t know where they’re at," said TPD Sgt. John Adams.

The team completed eight checks of the 31 homeless registered offenders. At least 13 said they stayed in a field behind 1010 North Garnett. Others were in the 11th and Sheridan area.

Authorities arrested 24 men for failing to register as sex offenders. Charges varied from indecent exposure to rape.

Authorities say they’re already planning their next operation focusing on putting sex offenders behind bars.

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