Columbia County sheriff's Sgt. Frank Dodson knows they're out there.
He only wants the public to be aware of it.
For the past month, Dodson has been the officer in charge of tracking the county's convicted sex offenders. When he began the job, a county registry showed 22 offenders living in the county.
Since then, Dodson has found more.
The problem, he said, is that not all convicted sex offenders have registered with police after moving into the area - a crime in Georgia after 10 days of the offender receiving a letter from the Georgia Criminal Information Center.
"GCIC contacts me and lets me know that we have a sex offender moving into the area, and that they're sending him a registered letter," Dodson said.
After the 10-day waiting period, Dodson begins his search for those offenders who fail to register.
"The goal is to have everybody accounted for and to know what they're doing and where they're living at," he said. "If GCIC sends you a letter saying, 'This person moved into your area and hasn't reported to you. Take the appropriate action,' that means, don't sit behind your desk and hope he calls you. Go out, hunt him down, find him and see what his problem is."
Recently, Dodson discovered five new offenders in the county who had not registered. Now, all but one have been accounted for.
"One is still outstanding," he said. "Nobody around here has seen him in a while."
But Dodson never gives up. He keeps in close contact with parol officers, family members and co-workers who might know the offender's whereabouts.
If caught, the offender could be charged with failure to register as a sex offender - a misdemeanor in Georgia. Offenders also must register yearly on the anniversary of their residency.
As part of state law, the county places the names, addresses, crimes and pictures of the area's sex offenders on a web site - columbiacountyso.org.
Jenny Hinton, the Internet coordinator for Columbia County, said the site has been operational since about 1999. In that time, she said, the site has received about 12,000 visits.
Dodson said keeping the site up to date is his aim.
"If I don't go out and find these folks," he said, "then you might have somebody living beside you that's been arrested for a sex crime and not even know it."
The following is a registry of convicted sex offenders in Columbia County with their name and charge:
James Daniel Cousart, 28, Harlem, child molestation
Vandua Robinson, 24, Martinez, sexual assault
Curtis Lee Smith, 44, Martinez, child molestation
Nancy Woolwine Faulkner, 31, Harlem, sexual battery
Jeffrey Jennings, 35, Harlem, criminal attempt rape
Justin Daniel Long, 21, Grovetown, sexual conduct with minor
Daniel Thomas Shaffer, 25, Grovetown, sexual battery of minor
William Edward Teets, 69, Harlem, criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree
Christopher Marshall Banks, 48, Grovetown, child molestation
Keith Woodard Bohn, 34, Grovetown, child molestation
Ricky L. Flowers, 31, Martinez, attempted lewd assault on a child
Buckie Edward Manuel, 60, Martinez, child molestation
Jeffrey Andra Ashley, 41, Harlem, child exploitation
Johnny Marion Moment, 46, Harlem, statutory rape
Denise Bell Reese, 33, AKA Denise Bell Young, Grovetown, sexual exploitation of a child
William Earl Brannen, 61, Grovetown, child molestation
Edward Ross Senter, 51, Evans, possess child pornography
Michael Adam Venesky, 36, Evans, rape
Ronald Warren Pate, 39, Evans, child molestation
Robert Paul Chambers, 25, Martinez, indecent act with child
Christopher John Bruce, 27, Evans, child molestation
Randy Aaron Banasiak, 21, Grovetown, attempted criminal sexual conduct
Steven Michael Cowan, 29, Evans, child molestation
Michael Joseph Blier, 47, Evans, sexual assault
Scott Joseph Robinson, 18, Grovetown, child molestation
Steven R. Sizemore, 18, Evans, statutory rape
Rodney Maurice Faulks, Grovetown, statutory rape
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