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For Immediate Release

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May 07, 2013 Brian Fair, Eastern District of Louisiana (504) 589-6872
U.S. Marshals New Orleans Task Force Participates In Concluding Three Year National Operation Targeting Worst Sex Offenders And Request Public’s Assistance In Finding One More Fugitive Sex Offender

Washington D.C./New Orleans, LA – Today the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) concluded Operation Guardian, a three-year, national initiative specifically targeting the country’s most dangerous non-compliant sex offenders. Each USMS district was asked to submit Operation Guardian targets wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Nationally, 345 individuals who had failed to register with state authorities as required by law were arrested and, as of today, USMS investigators have located 427 offenders of the 444 sought including 82 individuals found outside of the United States. Deputy U.S. Marshals and state and local law enforcement partners of the USMS New Orleans Office arrested four of its five Operation Guardian targets who had failed to register with state or local authorities as required by law. During that time the USMS New Orleans Office also arrested over 300 additional offenders wanted by state and local authorities (primarily in Orleans, Jefferson, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and St. Bernard parishes) for felony sex offender registration violations. During the three year time span the USMS also assisted the Eastern District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney’s Office with the investigation and prosecution of several cases for federal sex offender registration violations that involved interstate travel by the offender without registration compliance.

“With critical assistance from our state and local law enforcement partners the Task Force works to track and arrest wanted sex offenders from across the Eastern District of Louisiana. Through the partnerships developed with local sex offender registration units in each parish, it is growing harder for sex offenders to fly below radar by avoiding registration requirements. With help from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, those offenders who cross state lines to avoid their registration now have a target painted on their backs. As part of these growing partnerships, the Task Force is able to assist with sex offender warrants sweeps and compliance checks in the thirteen parishes that make up the Eastern District and through these investigative relationships we might just be able to prevent harm to some of the future victims of sexual abuse,” said Genny May U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

In addition to the 300 plus felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender warrants cleared by the U.S. Marshals New Orleans Task Force during the last three years, the below highlighted significant Operation Guardian targets were also arrested as a result of USMS efforts:

  • David Daniel Dull on November 04, 2010, in Basile, Louisiana. Dull is a career child molester and has been convicted four times for sex offenses against children, all of whom were younger than 12 years old. During the investigation it was determined that Dull was working as a truck driver for a traveling carnival company based out of Slidell, LA. With assistance from the LA State Police a Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in St. Tammany Parish felony warrant was issued for Dull in October of 2010. Information was developed that Dull was still driving a truck and currently working a Ferris wheel operator at a church carnival in Basile, LA. LA State Troopers working the area were vectored in by U. S. Marshals to arrest Dull at the carnival site.
  • Joe Bob Clark on September 23, 2010, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Clark was wanted by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on an August 2009 felony warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was also wanted for Failure to Appear for Court in Kentucky regarding a Possession of a Firearm. His original sexual offenses were Indecency with a Child in 1983 and Sexual Assault Against a Child in 1992. Clark also had several prior arrests for sex offender registration violations. Clark was living at Bayou Segnette State Park in 2009 when he failed to register as a sex offender. With the assistance of the USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center, information was developed that put Clark residing in Portsmouth, Virginia with a female associate. Clark was located and arrested on a sailboat that he was living on at a marine in Portsmouth, VA.

Currently the U.S. Marshals New Orleans Office has one (1) remaining Operation Guardian fugitive target and the Task Force is requesting the public’s assistance in locating this wanted noncompliant sex offender. Bryant Vincento Angeletta (Black Male, DOB: 01/14/1964, 5’05”, 140 lbs., Tattoo on Right Arm: “Red”) a Tier 3 Sex Offender has been wanted since 2001 for LA Probation and Parole Violations and for felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was convicted in Orleans Parish in 2001 of Aggravated Oral Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior with Juveniles. The victim was a 10 year old female and Angeletta was in his late 30s at the time of the offense. Angeletta was a Bible studies preacher at the time of the offense and interviews indicate that Angeletta at one point also sold pralines on the streets of New Orleans. Angeletta is described by associates as being very health conscience, taking a lot of vitamins, looking younger than his actual age, and at one point hanging out at health food stores. Angeletta still has family and associates in New Orleans and in several cities in Texas. Persons having information about Angeletta and his current whereabouts are asked to contact the U.S. Marshals at (504) 589-6079 or (504) 589-6872. Callers will remain anonymous and there is a reward for information that leads to Angeletta’s capture. See attached USMS Wanted Poster with photos of Angeletta. Media outlets are asked to assist in his capture by featuring Angeletta as part of any news stories published on Operation Guardian.

The USMS Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) currently assigns 129 criminal investigators to conduct sex offender, non-registrant investigations on a full-time basis across the country. Operation Guardian was a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Marshals Service in cooperation with Interpol, the Diplomatic Security Service, Customs and Border Protection, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies. The Behavioral Analysis Unit at the USMS National Sex Offender Targeting Center worked with the investigators to identify information related to the fugitive across a number of personal or social dimensions, including past sexual offending behavior.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates more than 700,000 sex offenders reside in the U.S. and that more than 100,000 are classified as noncompliant or unregistered. Since its inception in 2006, SOIB has planned and executed more than 900 sex offender compliance and enforcement operations. During these operations, the USMS partnered with more than 4,800 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct more than 150,000 compliance checks.

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

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