Deputies pledge to not let sex offenders slip into obscurity
Neighbors were rocked recently by the revelation that a popular man in their community is now a convicted sex offender who abused a boy near Coalville.
North Summit resident Arvin Moore will likely be sent to prison when he is sentenced April 24 for two sex crimes, including aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, authorities say.
Moore’s name and address are posted at the sheriff’s department alongside his photograph and pictures of 12 other convicted sex offenders who live in Summit County.
He is the most recent addition to the county’s sex offender registry.
"That helps out our patrol deputies," Sheriff Dave Edmunds said about the board. "If they see those people out in the community and they know that they’re sex offenders, and if they’re walking down the street holding a little kid’s hand, then that’s probably not the best thing."
Citizens deserve to know if their neighbor was convicted of a sex crime, Farnsworth said, adding, "oftentimes, we know who our neighbors are by names, but we really don’t know who they are."
"We have deputies who are assigned to go around once a month and visit each of these people," he said. "If we have a kidnapping or any kind of sexual assault, these people are the ones that we will go to first."
The offenders each month are interviewed by officers and put "on notice that we’re still here and we’re still watching," Farnsworth said.
"We want them to know that there is no room for failure on their part," he said. "We won’t tolerate it."
Only one woman, living in Pinebrook, is listed among the 13 registered sex offenders tracked by the Sheriff’s Office. Crimes committed by those posted on the board range from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies for sodomy and object rape.
Of the men on the list, seven live in North Summit, three live in South Summit and two reside in Park City.
"As long as they’re in Summit County, if they fall out of line, we’ll be quick to put them back into the facility," Edmunds said. "We’re there and we’ll be there the whole time they’re living in our county."
One man on the sex offender registry was convicted of trying to entice a minor on the Internet to participate in illegal sexual acts, Farnsworth said.
"He had communications with somebody over the Internet and then he ends up showing up at the location," he added.
Farnsworth said detectives sometimes go after people in Summit County who surf the Web looking for young victims.
"It’s offensive to law enforcement and it’s offensive to society when we have individuals like this that perpetrate a crime over another individual," Farnsworth said. "That’s not right, that will never be right and we can’t accept that."
Undercover operations planned this summer are expected to nab numerous sexual predators in Summit County who were looking for victims on-line, he added.
Meanwhile, this week Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed into law a flurry of bills passed by the Legislature this year that will stiffen penalties for those who sexually abuse children.
"The fact of the matter is that sex offenders, historically, can repeat, so we try to do everything we can to try and dissuade them from having the urge or desire to try and repeat," Edmunds said.
Farnswoth encourages those concerned a predator may live in their neighborhood to contact the Sheriff’s Office for the names of convicted sex offenders living in Summit County.
"To the best of our knowledge, this is an updated, completed profile of the sexual offenders who live in Summit County," he said about the 13 pictures hanging in the patrol room at the department. "Each one of those individuals knows that when the Sheriff’s Office pulls up in front of their house they’re going to be asked some questions."
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