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Thank you! Predator Alert program a huge success

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - Every Wednesday, we tell you who and we tell you what. News 11 viewers are calling in to tell sheriff's deputies where these sex offenders are.

"Generally within 24 hours, we get a good, working tip. on 80-85 percent of the people," said Deputy Dave Carter.

He's the sole detective who tracks the whereabouts of hundreds of offenders in Lucas County.

We followed along with him. This time, William King came to the door at his registered address. He was convicted of raping a four-year-old girl in 1998.

Deputy Carter explained, "They're required to give the registered addresses, temporary addresses, volunteer addresses, employment addresses, Internet identifiers, and vehicles."

When they don't, Carter said, "The public has a right to know where these individuals are."

He gives the names and pictures of convicted offenders who fail to register over to News 11.

Our Predator Alert segments helped catch Lawrence Watkins in January, who was squatting in the basement of an engineering building at UT. "That becomes a scary thought. They can be anywhere," said Carter.

He hopes viewers keep calling to keep their neighborhoods safe.

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