TV5 Joins Task Force During Sex Offender Sweep 9-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

TV5 Joins Task Force During Sex Offender Sweep 9-22-2010

Discovering sex offenders living in your neighborhood and flying under the radar can be a parent's worst nightmare.
TV5 wanted to find out how they're getting away with it, and what's being done to catch them. So reporter Julie Banovic went for a ride-along with the Bridgeport State Police as officers searched the streets for sex offenders breaking the rules.
It all comes down to safety, said police. "I want them 100% compliant," said Trooper Rick Jones. Jones helps make sure sex offenders in Saginaw County are keeping up with their probation.
"If they don't register at the right address within 10 days, it turns into a felony," Jones said.
Sex offenders are required to register their address every 3 months with police. All too often, a handful do not, putting others -- especially children -- at risk.
"I wouldn't want him, you know, a sex offender, living next to a school or living next to children and people not being aware of this," Jones said.
Which is exactly what happened at the first home as TV5 rode along with Trooper Jones and the 3rd District Fugitive Team.
The sex offender, Nicolas Laicanco lives at a house in Bridgeport with his girlfriend, but authorities said he registered a Saginaw city address with police.
That action is exactly what state troopers are afraid of. The sex offender, who police couldn't find at his Saginaw address, appears to be living next door to a swing set. The family next door either has kids or grandkids, and the guy next to them isn't registered.
And TV5 found a lot of kids living around 70-year-old David Lasecki. He was convicted two years ago of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth-degree for inappropriate sexual touching. Lasecki's neighbors said they had no idea.
Troopers find Lasecki at home and he's pulled out the shower. Authorities tell the family friend he lives with that Lasecki is going back to jail.
Sex offenders must register their address with authorities for 25 years. "A lot of times, they don't want people to know where they're at in their area," said Trooper Jones.
Jones and the Fugitive Team make it their job to let sex offenders know they are always watching.
Click here to learn more about the whereabouts of sex offenders in relation to your neighborhood.
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