As required by state statute, the Delta Police Department held a community notification meeting last week concerning a 37-year-old male who has been identified as a sexually violent predator. Sex offender registry information is made available to citizens so they can better protect themselves and their children from known sex offenders.
The individual in question has moved into a residence on Howard Street. Neighbors were notified via a notice in the DCI and CodeRED telephone messages.
The Delta Police Department reports that this individual has completed sentencing requirements and is no longer on parole or probation. Still, he is being continually monitored by the police department and neighbors are asked to report any suspicious activity in the area.
Additional details can be obtained from the Delta Police Department at 215 W. 5th Street. Citizens requesting additional information must provide identification or proof of residence. Citizens must also agree not to use the sex offender registry information to harass, threaten or intimidate any registered sex offender or his family.
No law enforcement agency has the legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of their communities. In the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens.
Additional information about sex offender registry can be obtained from two websites: https//sotar.us/ and sor.state.co.us. Questions may also be directed to the Delta Police Department, 874-7676.