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'Operation Lighthouse' targets sex offenders

Five East End sex offenders were arrested in a multiagency, five-day sting to check their compliance with state registration mandates, authorities said Monday.

In "Operation Lighthouse," federal and local law enforcement visited the homes of 60 sex offenders between July 9 and July 13 and found five had not fully complied with the law, said Riverhead police, one of the agencies involved.

"We know that the population of the East End can more than double during the summer months," said Charles Dunne, the U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of New York, which covers Long Island and took part in the sting. "We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep our children safe."

State law requires sex offenders to provide and update key information, such as home address, email address and photos. Just one missing detail means the law was broken.

Riverhead police said the town had 19 offenders, all in full compliance.

At least five other police departments took part in Operation Lighthouse: Suffolk, Southampton Town, Southampton Village, Southold Town and East Hampton Town.

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