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For Immediate Release

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November 02, 2012 District of Vermont - John Curtis
Deputy U.S. Marshal (802) 951-6271
U.S. Marshals Arrest "America's Most Wanted" Fugitive in Vermont

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 22, 2012.

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.

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

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