cracks down on sex offenders
After the 2nd Annual Sex Offender
Round-Up by the Ripley County Sheriffs Office, two offenders
who did not fully comply found themselves in jail.
According to Sheriff Tom Grills, the event was a success for the
second year in a row. With over 50 offenders processed, only two
had not fully complied with the registry laws.
Joshua Jessee, 24, of Versailles, did not notify the sheriffs
office of an address change, which is a violation. This information
was forwarded to the prosecutors office. A warrant was granted
and Jessee was jailed after a short search. According to the sheriff
Jessee could also face a potential probation violation.
Also waiting a jury trial for not complying with the sex offender
registry laws by not giving a correct change of address is Roy
Fields, 33, of Holton.
The sheriffs office also reported that recently convicted
sex offender Joseph Dale Green, 49, of Osgood, had seven days
following sentencing, which was on June 16 to register. He did
not meet that deadline and paperwork was sent to the prosecutors
office for a warrant for his arrest. However, Green did finally
register on June 29.
The round-up, initiated by Sheriff Grills, makes sure sex offenders
are in compliance with registry laws. They have to provide personal
information for updates, receive changes in laws, and have their
I want those who have to register as a sex offender to do
what they are required to do, noted Sheriff Grills. This
is part of their sentence and we will hold them to it, he
continued. Saying he is charged by law to monitor sex offenders,
the sheriff further noted, It is a top priority of mine.
If anyone has information of a registered sex offender violating
his or her terms and conditions, you can call the sheriffs
office at 812 -689-5558. You can also access information at the
This is a community effort. We all must work together to
secure the future for our families and children. They depend on
us, Sheriff Grills concluded.