Burlington, VT -- The U.S. Marshals
Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) has arrested a fugitive
who was wanted for sexual assault and filming a minor engaged in sex acts.
Robert William Mulkern, 48 of Hagerstown, Maryland was arrested November 1,
2012 in Windsor, Vermont by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Vermont State Police.
Mulkern was charged in March, 2010 by Maryland State Police with four counts
of third-degree sex offense, two counts of unnatural or perverted practices
and 149 counts of child pornography. During this investigation, police
seized two computers and a digital camera found at a former residence of
Mulkern’s, according to law enforcement documents. The camera and computers
contained images of Mulkern and other individuals engaged in sexual acts
with the minor victim.
The arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the
U.S. Marshals VVOTF, U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task
Force, ATF, Vermont State Police and Windsor Police Department. Maryland
State Police and the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force
prioritized Mulkern’s case and were responsible for him being profiled on
“America’s Most Wanted” on two occasions. The most recent airing was June
Effective October 1, 2012 the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), District of
Vermont, evolved its fugitive task force into a new model, renamed the
“Vermont Violent Offender Task Force” (VVOTF). The fugitive apprehension
mission has been expanded to include violent and habitual sex offenders. The
USMS supports all Vermont federal, state, county and local law enforcement
agencies with these specialized investigations.
During fiscal year 2011, U.S. Marshals nationally arrested more than 36,200
federal fugitives, and USMS led task forces arrested 86,400 state and local
fugitives. Additionally, U.S. Marshals apprehended 12,144 sex offenders.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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