Operation Round Up

Coffee County law enforcement agencies have cracked down on sex offenders who have failed to register.

Authorities are calling "Operation Round-Up" a great success.

Steven Jones now lives in Tallahassee, and says he had no idea that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. That's until his uncle called him to say Wiregrass authorities were looking for him.

The 40-year-old Troy native is a convicted sex offender.

In 1992, he pled guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl, a personal decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Coffee County E911 employee Lon Jones provides much of the technical expertise. Recently, he along with Enterprise Police helped devise a global positioning satellite program. It immediately alerts authorities to whether the sex offender is living within two-thousand feet of a school or daycare facility.

Out of nearly 60 known convicted sex offenders living in Coffee County, all but two are now accounted for.

This week Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation that allows authorities lifetime GPS tracking of certain sex offenders. Several Wiregrass authorities would like to see a similar measure enacted in Alabama.

Besides making sure sex offenders are living where they're supposed to be living, Coffee County residents are also being told there's a convicted sex offender living close by.


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