More than a dozen sex offenders living in Sullivan County were caught breaking the law again last week, authorities said Monday.
During spot checks of the released offenders and their residences, police found new evidence of child pornography in one instance while others changed residences and failed to register with authorities as required by law, the Sullivan County District Attorney said.
Seven other offenders are now missing because they were not staying at their registered addresses.
Police visited 168 convicted offenders across the upstate county. Michael McCabe, of Liberty, N.Y., was arrested for allegedly having child porn in his possession as well as failing to register, authorities said.
Michael Harris, a level 3 offender, was arrested in New Haven, Conn. for moving and failing to register, police said. Many of the others were also living at addresses where they had failed to register, police said.
U.S. Marshals assisted in the checks and officials said some of the suspects who crossed state lines and failed to register could face tough federal charges. Under the state Megan's Law, serious offenders are required to tell law enforcement authorities where they are living.
"Those not in compliance have been or will be charged criminally and prosecution will occur in both state and federal court," said Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell.