- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service says 48 sex offenders in the Eastern Panhandle haven’t complied with registry requirements.

The Marshals Service says in a news release that 19 non-compliant offenders were arrested and 28 arrests are pending. Authorities are investigating another sex offender for possible federal violations of the Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act.

The non-compliant offenders were discovered during checks conducted March 22 to March 29 by the Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.

The checks found that 342 offenders were in compliance.

The operation focused on Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire and Mineral counties, which have about 700 sex offenders who are required to register.

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