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Crimewatch: Authorities conduct sex offender compliance check in Jonestown

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The city of Jonestown just held its first sex offender compliance check.

On the same street as the Jonestown Police Department was stop number one for the agency's first sex offender compliance check. No one was home.

The second check was the complete opposite. As soon as the registered sex offender saw officers arriving, he quickly walked inside. That elevated the danger of the situation.

Sgt. Andre Anderson explains, "They can be very dangerous. Whenever they run like that, it makes us think one of two things, you're trying to hide something or you're trying to harm us."

The sex offender, Irfan Wadiwalla, was convicted for aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old. He is one of 75,000 registered sex offenders in the state.

Jonestown police say he has had other run-ins with the law. Eventually, Wadiwalla comes out. He's now charged with evading detention.

Detective Jason Veselka says he wasn't going to jail until he ran.

"His lack of cooperation is a violation," said Veselka.

Jonestown police plans to make these unannounced visits quarterly. It's important to keep up with sex offenders and make sure they live where they say they do. Plus, police say, this population likes to move around quite a bit.

"I have one guy that has moved three times in the past 4,5 months," said Veselka. "That's why these compliance checks are so important, make sure that these registered sex offenders are staying in compliance with what they're required to do which is like I stated before to have a job, which he admitted he was not working."

The U.S. Marshal's Office assists agencies with compliance checks. Their jurisdiction is global. The Texas Department of Public Safety's new Sex Offender Compliance Unit helps too. That unit is new.

Federal and state aid that is needed for Jonestown police so they can keep up with the 85 sex offenders in and around the Jonestown area.

Even though there are 75,000 registered sex offenders in Texas, authorities say there are actually more who have not registered.

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