Sevier County sex offenders rounded up in multi-agency bust


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- While you were sleeping, Sevier County sheriff's deputies were rounding up sex offenders who were breaking the law and hauling them to jail.

Eighty-six sex offenders are registered to live in Sevier County. It's the sheriff's job to make sure they're following the rules. And in the first week of May, sheriff's deputies went door-to-door as part of "Operation Blazing Fury" with a net cast wide to catch sex offenders breaking the rules.

"We feel it's important for the safety of our kids that these people on the sex offender registry comply with the rules. That's what we're going to do to make sure they are compliant," said Sheriff Ron Seals.

Deputies went door-to-door the last two days checking in with those registered sex offenders, looking for drugs, weapons and more.

"Their own biological children are the only ones allowed to be in their homes so we'll be looking for that, we'll be looking for narcotics, we'll be looking for all kinds of things," Seal said.

Deputies found drugs - guns - even a grow house, and took dozens of men to jail. The sheriff says it proves while some sex offenders tried to make a better life, others just haven't.

"There's some that did make a mistake, but there's some that's just vagrant disregard for the law on dealing with these children out here in these communities. But we feel we need to keep a strong arm on them and comply with the rules," Seals said.

The sheriff says this bust was successful. Eight sex offenders were arrested on charges of drug or weapons possession.

Deputies also confiscated 13 firearms and 800 rounds of ammunition and busted one marijuana grow house.

The US Marshals Service helped make the arrests.

“The United States Marshals Service is glad we could assist the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office with this operation. These operations are critical to making sure sex offenders are following the rules and not re-offending" said United States Marshals Service Sr. Inspector Derrick Swenson.

Sevier County's sheriff says it's something deputies will do again.


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