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Offender sweep nets one arrest, more pending

Essex County Sheriff's Department

Essex County Sheriff's Department

— The Essex County Sheriff’s Department made one arrest during a countywide sweep of sexual offenders Jan. 29.

Willard Baker, age 41, of Port Henry was arrested for failure to register. After being released from the Essex County Correctional Facility in November, Baker failed to reregister at his address in Port Henry. He was arraigned in front of Town Justice Carpenter and released on his own recognizance.

Chief Deputy David Reynolds said that while the department constantly monitors sex offenders in the county, they also conduct one-day, countywide sweeps two or three times each year.

“It is a continuous thing that we do checking up on sexual offenders, but two to three times a year we check all of them in one day,” Reynolds said. “It is a large effort with a lot of agencies helping us get to between 130 and 140 houses in one day.”

The sweep includes Level 1, 2 and 3 offenders, making sure that they are living where they are registered and that they are not in violation of the law.

Reynolds said that additional arrests are expected pending further investigation.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Ticonderoga Police Department, Lake Placid Police Department, Saranac Lake Police Department, Moriah Police Department, United States Marshall Service, I.C.E. and the Essex County Probation Department.

Reynolds said anyone who had information on sex offenders in their area or had questions about their monitoring could call the department at 873-6914.

Information on Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders can be found at either criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/index.htm (New York inquiries) or nsopr.gov (federal search).

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