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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 07, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike (907) 271-5170;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Alaska U.S. Marshals Put Dangerous Sex Offenders Behind Bars

The Alaska U.S. Marshals Service participated in a nationwide initiative, Operation Guardian, to target the country’s most dangerous noncompliant sex offender fugitives. Within the past three years, Deputy U.S. Marshals worked with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to focus on fugitives wanted for violent sex crimes, emphasizing on those cases with a high level of dangerousness to the public. As of today, USMS investigators across the United States have located 427 offenders of the 444 sought (or 96 percent of those targeted), including 82 individuals found outside the United States.

Among those arrested by the efforts of the Alaska U.S. Marshals were:

  • Patrick Lee Drury, arrested on July 19, 2010, by U.S. Marshals, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Alaska State Troopers at a remote cabin in Healy, Alaska. His original conviction was in Oregon for Attempt to Commit Rape in 2006 against a 13-year-old-girl. He was required to register as a sex offender and on probation/parole when he fled the state of Oregon. During the arrest, a state search warrant was executed and marijuana plants along with 10 firearms were seized. The Alaska Marshals charged Drury federally with the Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and he was sentenced in February of 2011 to serve 30 months in a Bureau of Prisons facility.
  • Robert Donald Barney, arrested on September 20, 2010, in Centralia, Washington. The Alaska Marshals learned that Barney had been convicted in Juneau, Alaska in 1996 for the Sexual Assault of a Minor 1 and 2; his victim was a 12-year-old-girl. Barney fled the state of Alaska and was arrested after investigations determined he had not registered as required by law in the state of Washington. In 2011, Barney was convicted on the probation violation, admitted to being a noncompliant sex offender and was sentenced to 7 years.
  • Kevin Scott Patterson, arrested on December 30, 2010, upon being expelled from Mexico back to the United States at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Patterson was wanted by the State of Alaska for Possession of Child Pornography and by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota for Probation Violations on a prior Possession of Child Pornography case. Patterson was also a noncompliant sex offender and became the subject of a long domestic and international fugitive investigation by the District of Alaska. Following his arrest, Patterson was convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in January 2013 and sentenced to 9 months in jail. He is pending sentencing for the 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography in Kenai, Alaska on May 29, 2013.
  • Tracy Lmont Perry, arrested on December 8, 2010, by U.S. Marshals in Kansas City, Missouri. Perry was wanted on Parole Violations stemming from a 1997 conviction of a violent Sex Assault in Fairbanks, Alaska. The U.S. Marshals nationwide man-hunt ended Perry’s five-year-run from law enforcement.

Although today concludes the U.S. Marshals Service Operation Guardian, our efforts to protect the public from violent fugitives and noncompliant sex offenders continue on a daily basis.

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

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