West Virginia State Police have arrested more than 170 sex offenders since the first of the year for providing false information to the state sex offender registry.
State Police 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said the agency and the U.S. Marshal Service has verified the information for more than 1,000 offenders on the registry during that time, after a weekend sweep by state police.
Baylous said additional arrests are expected as individuals are located and investigations are completed.
There are approximately 3,500 offenders listed on the registry, including 255 who reside in Berkeley County and 86 in Jefferson County, West Virginia State Police said Tuesday at the Martinsburg and Charles Town detachments.
There are 44 offenders in Morgan County, according to the Berkeley Springs detachment.
Baylous said the list has grown by more than 400 offenders each of the past three years.
Another 1,200 offenders are incarcerated and will be registered when they finish serving their sentences.
Martinsburg detachment commander Sgt. J.D. Burkhart said Tuesday that violent sex offenders have to be checked every 90 days and the detachment’s workload involving these individuals is “definitely a full-time task.”
The sex offender registry can be found at www.statepolice.wv.gov.