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Tipton County cracks down on sex offenders

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COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 received an inside look at how one Mid-South county is cracking down on sex offenders living in their neighborhood.

It was a combined effort from the Tipton County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals and others as the county made unannounced visits to sex offenders in Tipton County – making sure they are in compliance with the law.

Covington resident John Joy was just one of 21 handcuffed and taken to jail on Friday and over the weekend.

Joy's arrest was part of a two day sex offender compliance check in Tipton County.

Action News Five was not only part of ride-along, but there to see those sex offenders heading to jail.

"We've recovered even pornography from some of them, a gun from one of them and the list goes on," said Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley.

Chumley takes crimes against children seriously.

That is why he wants sex offenders living in his county to know he or his deputies could come by at any time to make sure they are following the law.

"We don't want to go out, and one of them have a gun at their house and another one looking at pornography. We're making sure they're doing what they're supposed to do and if they're not, we're locking them up and if they don't do that, they can leave," said Chumley.

He said if they leave the area, they are required to let his department know the change of address.

Sex offenders are also not allowed to be within a certain distance of children.

"They're not going to be able to do what they want to do, they're going to be monitored by police," said Memphis Police Department Lt. Wilton Cleveland.

Officials said registered sex offenders are likely to commit a second sexual offense – that is why making unannounced visits to homes is so important.

"Here in Tipton County, it does take a village to raise a child and we're going to watch out for each other as much as we can, especially the children," said Chumley.

Those arrested will face a judge for the first time May 14. They will all stay on the sex offender registry and some could get jail time.

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