Camden, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw and Sumter County Deputies say they are seeing some sex offenders lying about where they live, meaning a sex offender could be living near where your child goes to school.
"We take the whole thing seriously because its our children that are the most vulnerable and they are the ones that are most often the victims and we want to know where these people are," said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Mathews.
George O'bryant King was arrested last month for failure to register for the second time. Christopher Lee Winkler was also arrested for failure to register. Its violations like these that worry Matthews.
"We are stepping up the pressure because we are starting to see more and more of them not doing what they are supposed to be doing so we are looking into it a lot more and I hope to make more arrests."
There are 126 registered sex offenders in Kershaw County. Mathews says 18 are currently in jail for the violation.
"We have children, our friends have children, we have grandchildren and people are concerned and so am I."
Over in Sumter County there are more than 242 registered sex offenders.
"You've got to have the resources," said Cleveland Pinkney with the Sumter County Sheriff's Department
Pinkney heads the Sex offender unit and says they are working hard to make sure that offenders are not lying about where they live.
"We know that they may be living with a girlfriend that has children and that might be forbidden to live in a residence that has children because of their previous conviction," said Pinkney.
Pinkney says that his unit also does random checks throughout the year to make sure that offenders have not moved without notifying law enforcement.
Two years ago they had 27 convictions and last year they made 19.
"We find out that they are in fact living there and it could be a school right across the street or in close proximity, so this is also a violation that we prosecute."
If an offender is caught violating the rules they could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.