Howard sweep locates all but 1 registered sex offender

March 22, 2007|By Melissa Harris | Melissa Harris,sun reporter

Howard County police have located all but one of the 70 sex offenders who told the state they were living in the county, officials said yesterday.

Police conducted a three-day sweep late last month to confirm the residences of convicted rapists and child molesters, who are required to register with the state.

Police were searching yesterday for Kerry Harrison Parrish, 55, who last reported living in the 8300 block of Granville Road in Jessup in March 2006, according to the Maryland registry. Police believe that Parrish, a "sexually violent offender" who was convicted of first-degree rape, has left the state.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said detectives have traveled out of state to find him.

"We've believe he's ... moving around a lot," she said. "We'll get a lead and then follow it up, and, unfortunately, not pin him down."

Detective Cpl. Eric Kruhm, who was appointed to monitor the registry in December, organized the sweep. A 10-officer team found all but two of the 70 offenders during the sweep. On Tuesday, police located one of them, Victor Karl Johnson, 43, in a Columbia apartment in the 6500 block on Quiet Hours. Police were working yesterday to obtain a warrant for Johnson's arrest for violating the registry reporting requirements.

The sweep was the first of two to be conducted under Kruhm's leadership.

"Just like being a beat officer, it's important for me to know everybody in my beat," Kruhm said.

Offenders are required to register every three months or six months for a term of either 10 years or life, depending on the crime, according to the Department of Legislative Services. Photos of the offenders must be updated every year. The registry can be accessed at www.dpscs.state.md.us/onlineservs/sor/.

melissa.harris@baltsun.com

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