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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 12, 2009 Deputy U.S. Marshal Donna Diaz
District of Hawaii (808) 541-3059
Sexual Offender Arrested

Honolulu, HI – A joint investigation by the United States Marshals Service and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service lead to the arrest of Rusila Mara McMorran, a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia. A federal felony warrant was issued against McMorran, charging her with sexual abuse of a minor - a 13-year-old boy. McMorran appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi on Wednesday, August 12 for an initial appearance and is scheduled for a detention hearing on Friday, August 14 at 3 p.m.

Mark “Dutch” Hanohano, U.S. Marshal for the District of Hawaii, “ensuring comfort in our community and keeping our keiki and kupuna safe from sexual predators will always be a top priority by building strong working relationships with state, local, tribal, and territorial sex offender registration authorities as well as federal law enforcement partners responsible for the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes and sex offenders.”

Prior to the U.S. Congress passing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, sex offenders who failed to comply with court orders to register as sex offenders would often elude state authorities by moving from state to state; failing to notify the authorities in the state they left, or register in the state into which they moved. In doing so, the offender hoped to avoid arrest, extradition, and prosecution.

The United States Marshals Service is now the lead agency investigating criminal violations of the Adam Walsh Act, and as states “tighten up” their registration requirements in order to meet the national standards required in the Act, eluding registration as a sex offender is more difficult.

The public is encouraged to contact the United States Marshals Service at 541-3000 and may remain anonymous with information regarding non-compliant court ordered sex offenders.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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