For Immediate Release
|October 25, 2009||
District of Colorado, Robert Rodriguez (303)
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
|STATEWIDE SEX OFFENDER SWEEP NETS 117 ARRESTS|
Colorado and Wyoming – Operation
Shepherd, a multi-state sex offender sweep, has netted 117 arrests and
conducted over 2600 compliance checks. U.S. Marshals in Colorado and Wyoming
partnered up with Crime Stoppers and more than 50 law enforcement agencies,
including lmmigration Customs Enforcement, Department of Corrections –
Parole and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, to carry out the massive
For several weeks, teams of law enforcement officers have been conducting unannounced compliance checks throughout both states, identifying convicted sex offenders that have moved without properly registering their addresses and looking for fugitives with outstanding sex offense related warrants. “These fugitive sex offenders are being identified and now we’re going after them”, states Robert Rodriguez, Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator for the U.S. Marshals Service.
The second phase of the sweep kicked off on Oct. 22 when police turned to the public for assistance by promoting the Colorado Top 100 “Most Wanted” Sex Offender website, maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Sex Offender Fugitive Unit.
Leads called in to Colorado Crime Stoppers, U.S. Marshals and CBI, along with investigative work, have led to 117 arrests so far. “We have located and arrested fugitives as far as Washington State. Additional leads have been sent to other parts of the country,” states Rodriguez.
Some of the warrants cleared include:
The U.S. Marshals and Colorado Bureau of
Investigation, FLAG - Adam Walsh Task Force, encourage the public to visit
the Colorado Top 100 “Most Wanted” Sex Offender websites and continue to
anonymously report tips on the location of these sex offender fugitives to
The following agencies participated in
Operation Shepherd 2009: