Most Mahoning County sex offenders follow registration rules
By Justin Wier
Mahoning County is among the best in the country in compliance rates for registered sex offenders, a deputy U.S. marshal said.
Of the county’s 305 registered sex offenders, only seven – or about 2.2 percent – are noncompliant.
The average noncompliance rate is between 8 and 10 percent, deputy U.S. Marshal Dan DeVille said.
“These numbers are just so good, you rarely see that anywhere,” Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene said.
The Mahoning County Sheriff’s office checked the compliance rate with help from the U.S. Marshals Service by going to registered addresses and verifying that offenders lived there.
“Until someone goes and knocks on the door, nobody knows if the person actually lives there,” DeVille said.
Keith Strozier, 50, Naheem Hassan, 21, and Andre Mason, 47, three of the seven found to be noncompliant, have been apprehended.
David Hulton, 34; Jimmie Pearce, 49; and Kenneth Tegtmeier, 66, remain noncompliant.
Another, Mateen Abdulah, 55, is in custody in Pennsylvania on an unrelated warrant. After an investigation, he may be prosecuted federally, DeVille said.
Greene said carrying out the checks is time-consuming, and marshals helped pay for the overtime necessary to conduct the operation.
He applauded the efforts of Deputy Sheriff Willie Harris, who is responsible for maintaining Mahoning County’s sex offender registry.
DeVille credited the low rate to the relationship between the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshal Service.
Harris and DeVille said the registration process is not difficult and moving to a new address only requires a phone call and a five-minute appointment.