Cherokee deputies arrest four sex offenders

Four registered sex offenders were arrested Thursday for various violations after Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies and state probation officers conducted sweeps to verify the status of the county’s 169 offenders.

The massive check, which authorities Friday called the second phase of an earlier sweep, came a day after the arrest of a 20-year-old man in the rape and slaying of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera of Canton.

Cherokee sheriff's spokesman Howard Baker said the sex offender sweep had been planned for weeks and was not in response to the Rivera investigation.

Ryan McCabe Brunn, who lived and worked in the same Canton apartment complex where Jorelys lived and was killed, was taken into custody Wednesday.

As Brunn was facing the judge Thursday, Cherokee deputies and state probation officers were conducting the second phase a sex offender verification operation that authorities said began Nov. 17.

During the Thursday operation, deputies said they made contact with 56 of 62 offenders at their residences and were in the process of verifying the remaining six.

The four arrests included:

• Shanon Byrd, 31, of Canton, who was charged with probation violation and remained in custody Friday without bond.

• Steven Archer, 35, of Woodstock, who was charged with possession of marijuana of less than an ounce, drugs not kept in an original container and possession of a Schedule IV drug. Archer was released on $12,835 bond.

• Charles Eden, 27, of Woodstock, who was charged with probation violation, drugs not kept in an original container and possession of a Schedule III drug. He remained in custody without bond Friday.

• Daniel Judice, 24, of Canton, who was charged with probation violation and possession of marijuana of less than an ounce. He remained jailed without bond.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s officer said residents can register to receive updates if a sex offender moves near their home by visiting the county’s sex offender registry at http://www.cherokeega-sheriff.org.