Social media helping Ohio authorities track down sex offenders, other fugitives

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's a big job keeping track of all of the sex offenders, especially when some become non-compliant, or don't check in as they are supposed to.

It's Katie Oleksiak's job to keep track of those offenders. She's a detective with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

"Cuyahoga County has the highest number of registered sex offenders in the state of Ohio. Obviously Hamilton and Franklin counties come in a close second," she said.

Oleksiak said the office probably files close to 300 charges each year on offenders.

She says as they've used social media, especially Facebook, the average citizen has helped track down those offenders and others.

"We've had upwards of 4,800 overall fugitive, not just non-compliant sex-offenders, but apprehensions, successful apprehensions," Oleksiak said.

John O'Brien, a spokesman with the office, said they are getting the word out to a "significant" number of people on Facebook who otherwise wouldn't see a person is wanted.

"Every year, it grows, based on the numbers -- that's what people are paying attention to," Oleksiak said.

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