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For Immediate Release

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November 30, 2012 Desmond Proctor, DUSM/PAO Eastern District of Virginia (703) 837-5558
U.S. Marshals Arrest Virginia Sex Offender in San Diego

Alexandria, VA – U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson announces the capture of Dachio Mechelle Johnson. On Nov. 8, a federal bench warrant was issued for Johnson for failure to appear for trial on an original charge of failing to register as a convicted sex offender.

Johnson was originally convicted of forcible sodomy by a United States Navy Courts Martial on April 7, 2004, in San Diego, CA. Johnson was a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy at the time of conviction. Johnson was confined at the Naval Brig in Charleston, SC, and upon his release was transferred to Norfolk, VA, where he was discharged from the U.S. Navy. Based on the conviction, Johnson has a lifetime registration requirement as a convicted sex offender. Johnson never registered as a convicted sex offender once he was released from confinement on Dec. 24, 2004.

Johnson came to the attention of the United States Marshals Service in Nov. 2011, after being contacted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Johnson was terminated from employment with the Navy Lodge for falsifying his DD-214 to show he received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy. Johnson’s information was referred to the U.S. Marshals for investigation under the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act.

An Adam Walsh Act investigation was launched and Johnson was indicted by the Grand Jury in the Eastern District of Virginia sitting in Norfolk on Aug. 24. On Aug. 30, Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Office arrested Johnson in Virginia Beach, VA.

When Johnson did not appear for trial on Nov. 8, an extensive investigation began. Through interviews and investigations information was developed that Johnson was hiding in the San Diego area. Deputies with the Norfolk office requested the assistance of deputies in the Southern District of California – San Diego office. Due to the collaborative effort between Deputy U.S. Marshals in Norfolk and San Diego, Johnson was arrested in a hotel room in San Diego yesterday.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,200 federal fugitives and 86,400 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2011. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country, on very short notice.

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

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