Checking up on local sex offenders

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 3/29/2014 9:25 pm

Washoe County, NV (KRNV & – With more than 1700 sex offenders living in Washoe County, detectives have their work cut out for them.

A recent investigation into a sex offender living in Sun Valley revealed that Victor Wright was in possession of at least four firearms which is illegal due to his convictions on sex related crimes. 

News 4 had the opportunity to ride along with the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU). Detectives with the RSONU are responsible for
keeping track of the 1,753 registered sex offenders throughout Washoe County and that number continues to rise on a weekly basis. 

Detective Charles Smith and Detective Bill Talbott spend most of their time out of the office checking up on registered sex offenders to make sure they are living where they say they are. Smith and Talbott also track down non-compliant sex offenders. 

Detective Smith says, “It’s a very satisfying job to know that we’re helping the community be aware of these people that are out there, that are a
danger to them and their children.”

For more information about sex offenders in Nevada visit:

There are also cell phone apps you can download to locate sex offenders, one app is called “Offender Locator” by Life360.

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Sunvalleynever - 8/12/2014 11:21 PM
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Victor Wright should be serving 20yrs for the STOLEN firearms that were in his possession. He should also be in jail for aggravated assault, however Washoe County sheriff's informed me that in order to file charges I would have to go downtown. I was in Washoe Valley with a concussion. Mr Wright is walking the streets a free man

1renogirl - 3/31/2014 2:58 AM
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I'm not buying that...recidivism is HUGE for sex offenders. You don't "fix" them. If the offender is so worried about the negative effects on his/her family and societal situation, then maybe they should reconsider before committing the offense.

Justiceforall - 3/30/2014 9:08 PM
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Your tax dollars at work... The same folks that do these checks to keep the public "safe" know this: Only 5.3% of the people convicted of sex offenses were re-arrested for a new sex offense and 3.5% were re-convicted. (JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE, P 13) They also know this: The myth of “stranger danger” persists despite that most sexual perpetrators are well known to their victims. According to the Department of Justice, most child sexual abuse victims are molested by family members (34%) or close acquaintances (59%) (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000). About 40% of sex crimes take place in a victim’s own home, and 20% take place in the home of a friend or relative (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997). There are over 769,402 men, women and children (as young as 6, 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and many others. If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 2,500,000 wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-in

1renogirl - 3/30/2014 5:01 PM
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What happened to Parole and Probation tracking sex offenders?

Kramer - 3/30/2014 1:17 PM
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would like to see technology that isn't intrusive that can assist them with their workload...hello, Zuckerberg?

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