Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Apr 22, 2022 - 2:14PM

For Immediate Release

Convicted sex offender in custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility

For media inquiries contact:
Sergeant Jeff McCaskill
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: (775) 328-6235
Cell: (775) 484-9821


George Carvalho, 29 years old of Reno, was arrested by the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU) on April 13, 2022, for one felony count of being a sex offender who failed to register. 

Detectives with the RSONU were first alerted to Carvalho after Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to a home in Cold Springs in March of 2022.  Patrol Deputies were called to this home on a report of a verbal disturbance.  While Deputies did not contact Carvalho on this day, one Patrol Deputy was familiar with the area and knew of Carvalho.  This Deputy knew that Carvalho was associated with a home in the area of the call for service.  The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy notified Detectives with the RSONU that Carvalho was a sex offender and may be residing at the home in Cold Springs.  Detectives with the RSONU began investigating Carvalho and through this investigation, learned that Carvalho was residing at the Cold Springs residence for 7 months without updating his address.  Per Nevada State Law, convicted sex offenders must register their address or whereabouts with law enforcement within 48 hours of their move.

The RSONU was formed in 1998 to follow federal law passed in 1997.  At that time, Washoe County, the City of Sparks, and the City of Reno all agreed there was a need for coordination in law enforcement in the tracking, monitoring, investigation, public notification, and the arrest and prosecution of non-compliant sex offenders.  The Nevada State Police Division of Parole and Probation recognized the importance of the RSONU mission and joined the unit in 2022. The RSONU operates as a regional, multi-jurisdictional and collaborative entity to carry out the requirements of community notifications as set forth in Chapter 179D of the Nevada Revised Statutes.  The RSONU’s jurisdictional boundaries encompass all of Washoe County, including the Cities of Reno and Sparks.

Currently, there are about 1400 registered sex offenders in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County area.  Each of the four investigators are assigned more than 400 offenders to monitor.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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