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For Immediate Release

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July 08, 2010 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania – (717) 221-2213
"Operation SAFETY NET" Conducted in 33 Counties
U.S. Marshals Join Forces with State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies
to Ensure Compliance of Registered Sex Offenders
Harrisburg, PA – The U.S. Marshals Service led an operation throughout June to ensure more than a thousand convicted and registered sex offenders who live, work, or attend school within the 33 counties comprising the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) were in compliance with the law.

Operation SAFETY NET had three goals:
  • To perform compliance checks for all Sexually Violent Predators living outside of prisons within the M/PA;
  • To perform compliance checks for a random sampling of registered sex offenders living within each county of the M/PA;
  • To locate and investigate sex offenders known to be out of compliance with their Megan’s Law registration requirements.

Offenders found to be out of compliance with their registration requirements could be charged with either state violations of Megan’s Law or federal violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

A total of 1,081 compliance checks were performed during Operation SAFETY NET. These break down as follows:

  • 63 Sexually Violent Predators were checked – all were found to be in full compliance
  • 962 registered Sex Offenders were checked and found to be in compliance
  • 56 Sex Offenders were investigated and found to be non-compliant

Compliance checks were performed in all 33 counties within the Middle District of Pennsylvania. All registered Sexually Violent Predators living outside of prison were checked. Of the 56 Sex Offenders found to be non-compliant:

  • 27 warrants for violations of Megan’s Law were obtained
  • 20 of these warrants were served

There were 13 additional arrests made for other sex offenses, to include Rape, Rape of a Child, Sexual Assault, and Indecent Exposure.

On June 7, U.S. Marshals performed a compliance check on Corie Nathaniel Robbins in Watsontown, Northumberland County. Robbins had been previously convicted on charges of Indecent Exposure and Luring a Minor into a Vehicle. Robbins was found to be in compliance with registration requirements. On June 22, a county probation officer assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force was asked to look at images of an individual caught on videotape at a Wal-Mart in Lewisburg. The parents of a child had reported an incident in which their daughter had been approached by an unknown male. The child was offered money to go into the Wal-Mart restroom. The unknown male attempted to get the child to go to his vehicle. The individual on the tape was identified as Robbins. A warrant was issued, and Robbins was arrested without incident.

United States Marshal Michael R. Regan commented, “The collaborative efforts of all the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies involved in this operation sends a clear message that we stand together to protect our communities. For those sex offenders who are not registered, not compliant, or are on the run and in hiding, we are determined to locate them and will not stop until we do so.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by many law enforcement agencies during the month-long Operation SAFETY NET. This included the Adams County Sheriffs Office, Carlisle Police Department, Chambersburg Police Department, Cumberland County Criminal Investigation Division, Dauphin County Adult Probation Office, East Pennsboro Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Franklin County Sheriffs Office, Hanover Police Department, Lackawanna County Sheriffs Office, Latimore Township Police Department, Luzerne County Sheriffs Office, Lycoming County Sheriffs Office, Mechanicsburg Police Department, New Cumberland Police Department, Northumberland County Adult Probation Office, Penn College Police Department, Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole, Pennsylvania State Police – Fugitive Unit, Pennsylvania State Police – Megan’s Law Unit, Scranton Police Department, Silver Spring Township Police Department, Steelton Police Department, Union County Sheriffs Office, Upper Allen Township Police Department, Washington Township Police Department, West Shore Regional Police Department, York City Police Department, York County District Attorneys Office, and York County Sheriffs Office.

To search for sex offenders in Pennsylvania, review safety tips, and learn more about Megan’s Law, please visit www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us. By clicking on the tab indicated as “National Sex Offender Registry”, searches can be done for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Indian Country.

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. Enacted on July 27, 2006, this Act directed the United States Marshals Service to assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders. Offenders who are found residing out of state can be charged federally and, often times, 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 United States Marshals Service has arrested more than 34,000 fugitives for Sex Offenses, Failure to Register and Failure to Comply with Sex Offenders Registration Requirements. This resulted in the closure of more than 42,000 warrants. To learn more, please visit: www.usmarshals.gov.