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How to monitor sex offenders in your area

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(WBNG) -- The Delaware County Sheriff's Office has a warning for parents at home; do you know where the sex offenders are located near you?

The sheriff says 37-year-old Martin W. Planty Jr. failed not only to submit an annual verification of residence, but had moved entirely without updating authorities. He was arrested and charged with a class D felony in New York, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Sheriff DuMond told 12 News Friday his office believes Planty Jr. was trying to avoid detection.

He said his office is able to utilize available technology to help catch these offenders when they try to disappear.

"For a small or nominal fee, you can go into a neighborhood watch type program, where folks can enter their children's names, their children's address, their email addresses, their cellphone numbers, and parents will be automatically alerted if their child comes in close proximity or within contact."

The Sheriff is referencing the Offender Watch app, a program the sheriff's office uses, and one you can download for yourself on your phone's app store.

Josh Rosenblatt

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