March 7, 2014
State police are trying out a new program designed to help authorities keep a closer eye on Virginia's registered sex offenders. The sex offender accountability program, or SOAP, has police verify the address listed for each released offender. SOAP is currently being used in Central Virginia, but police say they want to expand the program statewide. Officials say they need to determine whether they have enough resources to do that. Virginia's sex-offender registry lists more than 13,000 people.