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For Immediate Release

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November 01, 2010 Deputy Frank Conroy, District of South Carolina
(843) 727-4255
102 Sex Offenders Checked by U.S. Marshals and Darlington County Sheriff's
Florence, SC – On October 29, approximately 30 personnel from the United States Marshals Service and Darlington County Sheriff’s Office conducted Operation Trick or Treat, an initiative to ensure registered sex offenders are residing in their documented homes and compliant with the rules set forth for South Carolina sex offenders.

Darlington County has 102 registered sex offenders who were each visited by teams of U.S. Marshals and Darlington County Sheriff’s deputies to validate that they were in compliance with the sex offender registry laws. Of the 102 sex offenders, 85 were located at their registered addresses, 10 individuals were not located at their registered addresses and will have warrants issued for their arrest. The remaining 7 offenders require additional investigation to determine if they are compliant.

“The holiday season should be a festive and carefree time for families and communities to celebrate. The U.S. Marshals, combined with partnered agencies like the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, are dedicated to making certain that sex offenders are following the rules so that communities and families can rest easy.” stated Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal year 2009, the Marshals arrested more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants. Marshal’s Service led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during the same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at www.usmarshals.gov