04/21/2008

Texas police ready for increase in sex offenders


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi police know they're out there — a growing number of sex offenders living in the city — and the department is gearing up for an expected increase in work that comes with the higher numbers.

In April 2007, the city was home to 683 registered sex offenders, according to police data. By the beginning of this month, that number increased nearly 28 percent to 872 sex offenders.

Police Cmdr. David Torres says factors responsible for the increase include greater victim awareness, a general increase in the city's population and stepped-up enforcement by police, probation and parole officials.

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