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51 people wanted in Horry County for failure to register as sex offender

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - There are 51 outstanding warrants in Horry County for people who have failed to register as a sex offender.

"These individuals are required by law to register with our office within three days of moving from an address they're living at or three days after moving into our county," Horry County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Jeff Benton said.

Right now there are 458 active registered sex offenders living in Horry County, that number excludes registered sex offenders who are currently incarcerated.

But, there are 51 people who the Sheriff's Office are actively seeking to arrest, because they have failed to register.

"We eventually do find them. We work very closely with the US Marshals, different agencies in the county and in the state to be sure that these folks that do not comply they're prosecuted by the solicitor's office," Sgt. Benton said.

Sgt. Benton said the sheriff's office takes sex offender cases very seriously and is working hard to not only find the people who haven't registered but also to keep up with those who are registered.

"We check sex offenders that are on our registry every single day- day and night. We check them every single day," Sgt. Benton said, "the citizens of the country, the county, the state have a right to know that this individual is in their neighborhood, this is what they're convicted for."

Failing to register as a sex offender is a misdemeanor for the first or second count. It's a felony for the third count.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office urges anyone who may know anything about the people who have failed to register to submit a tip here.

A list of each person who has failed to register including their picture can be found here:

http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_contact.php?office=54080

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