|Updated: 4/24 8:59 am
||Published: 4/23 9:37 pm
DHS was called after a sweep of registered sex offenders and efforts to find those who have been hiding from the law in Cherokee County.
FOX23 News went on a ride along with US Marshals, who teamed up with local enforcement, who went knocking doors checking to see if registered sex offenders were living where they registered with police.
"It’s important to know where they are where they say they are and that we are keeping tabs on them," said Deputy US Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
As part of the registered sex offender compliance checks, US Marshals along with the District 27’s District Attorney Brian Kuester Drug Task Force and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to check on the County’s 102 registered sex offenders for a compliance check.
"His registration shows he lives here,” said Mike Moore, District 27 Drug Task Force.
Officers were looking for convicted sex offender Jessie Darryl Duffield, 55. Prison records show in 1998 he was sentenced to 25 years for rape by instrumentation and spent 11 years in prison.
"If he is not living here he is breaking the law,” said Moore.
However, officers found a bigger problem when they got inside the home.
“We can't leave those little kids here,” said an officer on the scene.
When the elderly couple consented for officers to come inside the home they found it was unlivable for the children and called DHS.
"There are animal feces all over the floor, you can hardly walk through and the smell it's unreal,” said Moore. "We have to take care of these kids that becomes our priority."
Through neighbors and family friends, officers tracked down Duffield at his nephew’s home.
"Turn around put your hands behind your back," said an officer.
Duffield spoke to FOX23 News and says he lives with his mother which is not an address he registers ever 90 days.
"I haven't had the chance to get over there to get everything done” said Duffield.
There are 102 registered sex offenders in Cherokee County, US Marshals report 53 were checked on Tuesday. Of the 53, three were not in compliance and one was arrested.
The sweep will continue until all 102 are checked by officers in the sweep.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry reports there are 8,830 convicted sex offenders required to register with the state and roughly 13% are delinquent sex offenders.
Tahelquah Police, Northeastern State University police and Cherokee Nation Marshals Service also assisted in the sweep.