Sex offender sweep nets four arrests in Forsyth County

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office PACE unit along with Georgia Probation officers conducted a sweep to monitor the county's registered sex offenders.

Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the sweep yielded four sex offender arrests.

Rainwater said that with school starting, the office wanted to send a message.

The searches were in accordance with a Fourth Amendment waiver, Rainwater said.

The sweeps will continue, he said.

On a monthly basis, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office PACE Unit, criminal investigations division will visit the county’s registered sex offenders to verify compliance with state laws.

The Aug. 5, sex offenders on probation were visited by law enforcement.

A total of five people were arrested, one had the charges dropped, and four are registered sex offenders.

“Due to the success of the operation, plans are in place to conduct similar operations in the future,” Rainwater said.

The sex offender registry for the state includes 117 Forsyth County residents.

ARREST INCLUDED:

• Andrew Vincent Cole, 25, charged with violation of his probation by letting another with drugs enter his home.

• Eric James Hamilton, 45, charged with violation of his probation by having adult pornography and ammunition inside his home.

• Chad Lee Meade, 46, charged with violation of his probation by having drug paraphernalia inside his home.

• Robert Michael Tidwell, 59, charged with violation of his probation by having video on his cell phone of locations he is not permitted to be at or near.

For the state’s sex offender registry, visit www.tinyurl.com/nqkls.