A police operation last month involving Suffolk County police detectives, numerous East End town police and U.S. marshals has found that all 10 registered sex offenders living in Southold Town are in compliance with state law regarding reporting of their residences, law enforcement officials said.
The undertaking, dubbed “Operation Lighthouse,” checked in on 60 sex offenders across Southold, Riverhead, Southampton and East Hampton to make sure they were correctly registered to their homes as required by the New York State Registry Act, officials said.
“We know that the population can more than double during the summer months,” said Charles G. Dunne, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of New York, “We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep our children safe.”
The operation began the morning of July 9, when officers knocked on doors of registered sex offenders’ houses between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to ensure they lived at that location, police said.
The operation lasted until July 13 and spanned across the East End, officials said.
Of the 60 sex offenders who were investigated, five were found to be not in compliance, police said. They were located, arrested and face charges from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, according to the statement.
The identity of those sex offenders, as well as their places of residence, was not immediately available.