Authorities say it was only a matter of time...
"Every now and then you go and spot check to make sure there still there or that residence is where it's supposed to be,” said Robertson County Chief Deputy Jerry Stover.
According to the online Sex Offender Registry -- 221 sex offenders are living in Brazos County; 74 in Burleson; 82 in Grimes; 61 in Robertson and the list goes on. But according to state law, upon being released on parole, sex offenders have seven days to register their address and contact information to their local law enforcement agency.
“All of the sex offenders are not going to register; it's a rotation that DPS helps us with to help regulate that,” Stover said.
Friday DPS moved in to Robertson County after an ongoing investigation revealed six sex offenders -- many who have been convicted of crimes against children - were found living freely in Calvert and Franklin -- without ever re-registering. The rounds up helps local law enforcement agencies, including the state, keep tabs on whereabouts of sex offenders.
Among those arrested Friday include: Billy Dwayne Simmons, Bruce Ralph Boller, Scott Wayne Dees, Joe Thomas Junior and Curtis Williams Jr. Authorities say Mark Aaron Crush was no where to be found -- and have since issued a warrant for his arrest.
“Because of the crimes committed in the past there’s a propensity to do that again,” Stover said.
Billy Dwayne Simmons, Bruce Boller, Scott Wayne Dees, Joe Thomas Jr., Curtis Williams Jr., and a warrant have been issued for Mark Aaron Crush. One of the offenders, Billy Simmons, has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1983; he's been convicted of child indecency and DUI; meanwhile Bruce Ralph Boller has been arrested numerous times for larceny theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and indecency with a child under the age of 15.
Although Stover says ensuring sex offenders remain compliant is a rather large task -- he admits he's grateful DPS is always watching.