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Saratoga Sheriff cracks down on sex offenders

BALLSTON SPA -- The Saratoga County Sheriffs Office has arrested twice as many sex offenders this year than at this point in 2013. It credits a new position, held by Dep. Austin Brooks, dedicated to following up on the countys 353 offenders.

I work strictly on this, I don't handle 911s anymore. Sheriff [Michael] Zurlo wants me to keep track of offenders, said Brooks.

Brooks said one of the arrests was Level 3 sex offender, Carlin Van Harris, who was featured on the CBS 6 Perp Patrol

I looked for him for months, the US Marshalls were looking for him, and Channel 6 was the reason we caught him, said Brooks.

The announcement came 100 days after Sheriff Zurlo was elected to lead the office.

Brooks has helped arrest 12 sex offenders, mostly for moving without proper notification. At this point last year, when several deputies would follow up with offenders as time allowed, they had arrested five people.

Anyone can visit this link or call 800-262-3257 to search for information on sex offenders.

The public...they're aware of this and it's a big concern to the community, said Brooks. I get a lot of calls and a lot of these arrests are because of the public.