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For Immediate Release

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June 11, 2012 U.S. Marshal Stephen Smith
Chief Deputy James T. Morefield
Southern District Of Georgia
Operation Southern Eagle

SRFTF LogoThe week of June 4th, 2012 the United States Marshals Service, in collaboration with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation COPS grant funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Georgia Department of Corrections, Statesboro Probation Office, Georgia State Parole and the F.B.I. conducted compliance checks of registered sex offenders in Bulloch County. A total of 28 Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers were involved.

Operation “Southern Eagle” was a two pronged effort of compliance and enforcement. The focus of the compliance operation was a comprehensive physical verification of every offender, their residences, their employment and compliance with their registration requirements.

This joint operation resulted in the successful location and verification of 71 sex offenders. Of the 71 offenders that were verified, 6 were also on state parole and 35 were on state probation. This operation was a continuation of the remarkable cooperation between the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, The Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Office and the Georgia State Parole Office. These offices routinely coordinate their efforts when keeping track of registered sex offenders in the Bulloch County area. The addition of the other participating agencies allowed for the verifications to be conducted safely in a concentrated time period.

Two subjects were arrested during the course of Operation “Southern Eagle.” One person was arrested for Probation Violation with additional Bulloch County charges for Sexual Exploitation of Children via a Computer, and Sexual Exploitation of Children. The other subject was arrested for violation of the terms of State Parole.

The combined efforts of these dedicated law enforcement professionals were instrumental in the successful execution of Operation “Southern Eagle.” This initiative is the second of many operations planned for the future in an effort to protect and safeguard our community and most especially the safety of our children.

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

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