Sexual predators/offenders arrested in proactive 2-month operation


Volusia sheriff’s deputies and detectives have completed a 2-month joint effort to pay a visit to every registered sexual predator in Volusia County, resulting in several arrests of predators and offenders who failed to meet registration requirements.


Operation Summer Slam started at the end of June and ended Aug. 31, with members of the VSO Career Criminal Unit contacting all 118 sexual predators residing in Volusia County. They were contacted at their homes, workplaces and campsites. Of those 118 predators, 16 were arrested for failure to properly register as sexual predators.


Those checks on predators also led to checks on an additional 45 sex offenders, with about 30 of them charged with failure to properly register.


“These proactive checks are one more way we can protect our community from those who would prey on the vulnerable,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “Every arrest has the potential to prevent another person from becoming a victim.”


Operation Summer Slam was a joint effort of the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.