Today United States Marshal Service (USMS) concluded Operation Guardian, a three-year, national initiative specifically targeting the country's most dangerous noncompliant sex offenders. Deputy Marshals and law enforcement partners have arrested 345 individuals who had failed to register with state authorities as required by law.
Marshals worked with state and local officials to identify specific non-registering fugitives based on their danger to the public and prior convictions for sex offenses. As of today, USMS investigators have located 427 offenders of 444 sought (or 96 percent of those targeted), including 82 individuals found outside the United States. These individuals represent more than 500 prior convictions for sexual offenses.
"Since inception of the Adam Walsh Act in 2006, the United States Marshals Service has taken the lead to work in conjunction with federal, state, and local enforcement in tracking non-compliant sex offenders across the country," said United States Marshal Arthur Baylor. "Even though this marks the conclusion of Operation Guardian we will continue to assist in state and local law enforcement in tracking and arresting sex offenders that abscond from registration."
The USMS assigns 129 criminal investigators to conduct sex offender, non-registrant investigations on a full-time basis. Operation Guardian was a collaborative effort led by the Marshals Service in cooperation with Interpol, the Diplomatic Security Service, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Among those arrested during Operation Guardian in Middle Alabama were:
The Behavioral Analysis Unit at the USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center worked with the investigators to identify information related to the fugitive across a number of personal or social dimensions, including past sexual offending behavior.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates more than 700,000 sex offenders reside in the U.S. and that more than 100,000 are classified as noncompliant or unregistered.
Since its inception in 2006, the SOIB has planned and executed more than 900 sex offender compliance and enforcement operations. During these operations, the USMS partnered with more than 4,800 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct more than 150,000 compliance checks.
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