Dozens of registered sex offenders in Summit County have failed to report their change of address after moving.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office conducted random address verifications this past week and found 26 out of 350 sex offenders failed to report their correct address.
Sheriff Inspector Bill Holland said arrest warrants will be issued for those who have failed to register. Failure to register carries the same penalty as an original sex offense.
"It's the law and it's our duty to enforce the law," said Holland. "When they come and register with us, we want to make sure that the information they're giving to us is accurate."
Nearly 1,000 sex offenders are currently registered in Summit County.
Ohio Adult Parole and Summit County Probation assisted with the three-day investigation.
After Holland spoke to several residents during the investigation, he was shocked to learn that some residents were unaware that a registered sex offender lived in their neighborhood.
He encourages residents to search for registered sex offenders on the Summit County Sheriff's Office website and sign up for email alerts.
Anyone with information regarding sex offenders may contact the Sheriff’s Office ESORN Unit at 330-643-2113.