For Immediate Release
|October 26, 2012||Deputy U.S. Marshal David A. Punzalan, District of Guam (671)473-9153|
|U.S. Marshals Arrest Sex Offender at Guam International Airport|
Hagatna, GU – The U.S. Marshals Service in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands arrested convicted sex offender David James Hart upon his arrival Thursday at the Guam International Airport. Hart violated the Sex Offender Registry requirements in 2008, when he failed to register as a sex offender after relocating to Guam. During a sex offender investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service on Guam discovered Hart departed Guam for Manila, Philippines, in October 2011.
The U.S. District Court of Guam issued an arrest warrant for Hart on Feb. 1 for allegedly violating the Adam Walsh Act. At that time, the U.S. Marshals Service requested assistance from the U.S. Department of State, Regional Security Office to help locate and coordinate Hart’s apprehension. The Philippine Bureau of Immigration apprehended Hart Oct. 2 in Mangaldan, Pangasinan, Philippines.
“The U.S. Marshals work hand-in-hand with our law enforcement partners, both domestic and foreign, to ensure sex offenders like Hart who try to outrun the law do not find safe haven,” said Assistant Director David Harlow, USMS Investigative Operations Division.
Once Hart was apprehended in the Philippines, a team of U.S. Marshals from Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands deployed to Manila, Philippines, to escort him to Guam. The Philippine Bureau of Immigrations then deported Hart to Guam under escort of the USMS on Wednesday. Upon arrival at the Guam International Airport Thursday, the U.S. Marshals escort team arrested Hart.
“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Manila maintains an excellent relationship with local law enforcement personnel and the U.S. Marshal for the District of Guam, who worked with our agents in the deportation of Hart,” said Scott Bultrowicz, director of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. “The success of this operation is an excellent example of cooperation among federal and local law enforcement agencies.”
Hart’s original charge was forcible rape. He pleaded guilty in 2007 in Delaware County, Pa. Hart relocated to Guam in April 2008. He was born in Darby, Pa.
The Adam Walsh Act makes
the failure to register with the Sex Offender Registry upon relocation to
another state a federal crime. The Adam Walsh Act also gives enforcement
authority to the U.S. Marshals Service, allowing the agency to pursue any
and all U.S. sex offenders who willfully defy the requirement to register
themselves in order to conceal the fact they have been convicted of a sexual
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