WHAS11 follows Clark Co., Ind. officials tracking down sex offenders


by WHAS11


Posted on March 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 9 at 12:41 AM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Hooten was a sex offender who was wanted for not complying with the sex offender registry.

How are authorities working to track down sex offenders in Clark County? Tonight here are some answers that you need to know.

When it comes to sex offenders in Clark County, Ind. Lieutenant Tim Franklin with the sheriff's department is in charge of tracking them down. And finding people that don't always want to be found is no easy task

“It can be since many of them like to move month to month place to place,” Franklin said.

Franklin, another officer and a civilian are assigned to make sure those convicted of sex crimes are living where they are supposed to.

The sheriff's department is in charge of 385 sex offenders. In the fall, authorities didn't know where 30 of them were.

“We did a county wide blitz back in August at that point we had close to 30 that were not in compliance. We've cut that number in half,” Franklin said.

Franklin couldn't talk specifically about Richard Hooten's case. Hooten is accused of murdering Tara Willenborg and was convicted of raping a woman in another state.

Authorities didn't know of his whereabouts because he wasn't following the rules of the registry.

Fifteen sex offenders are currently not in compliance in Clark County. Five of them are out of state.
That's where U.S. Marshalls come in and help local authorities find these offenders.

“Just this weekend U.S. Marshalls assisted us in getting an offender that was in Oklahoma he had been missing for several years since 2007,”

It's a tough job. One Franklin says they need help doing to protect citizens.

Authorities are able to use financial tracking techniques to find the offenders. Richard Hooten's ex-girlfriend told us on Friday, March 8, he was recently living in Louisville under a different name.