Cuyahogha County sex offender website makes improvements since Sowell arrest
CLEVELAND Cuyahoga County is now keeping track of 4,300 registered sex offenders, posting offender information on the sheriff's department website. One of those offenders is Anthony Sowell.
Residents can log in, sign up for notifications and can search for sex offenders who may be living in their neighborhoods. Those looking for information can search by name, city, or address, and can find sex offenders living within a specified radius from their home.
Sex offenders, www.brownsnflofficialonline.com/Christian_Kirksey_Jersey_Browns like Sowell, are required to register with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and deputies run random annual checks to verify their information and where they are living. This information is constantly checked and updated on the sex offender website.
The site kept track of Anthony Sowell prior to his arrest in connection with the Imperial Avenue murders back in October of 2009. Sowell was registered as a "sexual predator" following a previous rape conviction. Deputies told NewsChannel5 Sowell that was cooperative, and "reported in" annually, keeping the sheriff's department updated on his whereabouts.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department admits it even made a random check at Sowell's home just months before his arrest for the Imperial Avenue murders, but the visit did Women's Christian Kirksey Jersey not trigger further investigation.
Deputies report they were not aware Sowell was being questioned by Cleveland Police in connection with yet another alleged rape case at his Imperial Avenue home months before bodies were discovered inside the house. Deputies said that if the Sheriff's Department Sex Offender Unit had been made aware of the rape allegations, it might have taken further action.
"I think it has had a positive impact, as far as communication with other law enforcement agencies," said Detective Katie Orlando, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. "It brought awareness that communication is important."
In 2010 the sheriff's department launched its new Facebook page. The page has been extremely sucessful, averaging more Women's Terrance West Jersey than 50,000 views per day. Residents can now share tips and information anonymously on the page, which netted its 700th fugitive in May 2011.
"Facebook has been so effective because it reaches so many people," said John O'Brien, the sheriff's department information officer. "Social media is booming, and its had a big impact because it's anonymous."