There are currently 42 registered child sex offenders living in Shelby County.
Their victims range in age from 2 to 18 and their crimes from sodomy to incest.
Local officials said many more offenders never were identified, and, sadly, many offenses could have been prevented.
In the last two weeks, two local men have been charged with separate cases of child sexual abuse. Along with making headlines across the state, the allegations have reawakened a concern for protecting children in the community.