For Immediate Release
|January 29, 2010||
Southern District of Ohio - William L. Taylor
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (937) 225-2917;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Operation Neighborhood Watch Concluded in
Gallia and Meigs Counties
Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces to Protect our Communities
Gallipolis and Pomeroy, OH – The
United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of Ohio, the State
of Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal
Identification and Investigation (BCI) and the men and women of the Gallia
County and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices conducted a joint law enforcement
effort to verify the residency of local sex offenders in their counties.
During January 25-28, 2010, Deputy Sheriffs, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Adult
Parole Officers and BCI Agents teamed up in the third of a continuing
Federal Operation known as Operation Neighborhood Watch Eastern Borders.
This initiative is a collaborative law enforcement effort that is designed
to keep the public safe by ensuring that these offenders are complying with
sex offender registration obligations and residing where they have reported.
Of special interest, the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southern District of
West Virginia and several West Virginia state and local law enforcement
agencies completed similar actions in Mason and Jackson counties during the
Deputy United States Marshal and Task Force leader Nicole Ralston said, “The state of Ohio provides the Marshals with a weekly list of all non-compliant sex offenders. In Gallia County we tracked down Jerry Raines who had refused to follow his registration requirements and was a fugitive for over 319 days. In Meigs County, the task force targeted Brian Barney for apprehension and locked him up after 586 days of being non-compliant in his registration requirements and Brian Stewart who was 131 days out of compliance. Warrants had been issued by the court for their arrest and the task force used its investigative expertise and the personal knowledge of local police officers and deputy sheriffs to track them down and put them in jail. The citizens of these counties are safer as a result of these arrests.”
To search for sex offenders in Gallia County, review safety tips, and learn more about your local Sheriff’s office efforts, please visit http://www.galliasheriff.org/, and click on the tab indicated as “Sexual Offenders”. To search for sex offenders in Meigs County, please visit http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=53965 and click on the tab indicated as “Search for Sex Offenders in your area”.
If you reside outside of these two counties, you can also conduct your own sex offender search. One of the most important programs in the State of Attorney General's office is eSORN, Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification, one of the nation's preeminent applications for locating and tracking registered sex offenders. For more details, please visit: http://www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the lead law
enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration
violations and related offenses in connection with violations of the Adam
Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which was enacted July 27, 2006. As
part of this Act, the U.S. Marshals Service has been directed to assist
state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and
apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders. Offenders that are
found residing out of state can be charged federally and often those charges
carry more severe penalties. To ensure the safety of children across the
country, the U.S. Marshals Service implemented an aggressive enforcement
strategy. Since the law was enacted the Untied States Marshals Service has
arrested 9,160 fugitives for Sex Offenses, Failure to Register and Failure
to Comply with Sex Offenders Registration Requirements. To learn more,
please visit: www.usmarshals.gov.