San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputies spread out across the Victor Valley on Thursday, checking to see if registered sex offenders living in the region were complying with the terms of their release. Eight people were arrested in the Victor Valley, one of them in Hesperia.

"They've done [sweeps] in the past," sheriff's department spokeswoman Stella Hudson said Friday. "This one, they were focused on was what they call our 290 registrants. [Penal Code] 290 is a sex offender who has to register."

The sweep made seven stops in Hesperia, and was unable to locate three registered sex offenders officially living here. And the sweep arrested one man, who is not a registered sex offender, who was in violation of his parole. And the check also revealed offenders who were in compliance with the terms of their release.

"That's good for us too, just making sure they're doing what they're supposed to be doing," Hudson said.

Deputies from the Victor Valley sheriff's station Multiple Enforcement Team conducted the sweep, along with deputies from the Hesperia and Apple Valley stations, along with deputies from the Special Enforcement Team. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, San Bernardino County Probation Department and The Department of Homeland Security, child exploitation unit, also assisted.

The deputies checked on registered sex offenders in Adelanto, Apple Valley, El Mirage, Helendale, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Spring Valley Lake and Victorville.

Out of the approximately 80 locations targeted, deputies made contact with subjects at 54 locations.

Many of the offenders are on supervised release with parole or probation. Deputies attempted to verity the offenders were indeed living at their registered residences and were otherwise in compliance with the terms of their release.

Charges for the eight arrested including failure to register as a sex offender, parole violations, probation violations, and multiple misdemeanor violations including possession of marijuana.

"The success of it, as a matter of fact, last night, for us was great," Hodson said. "Even though we had so many people to check on, we did gather a lot of operation due to this, and it's resulted in additional follow-ups on registrants. And they will be followed up on."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.