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For Immediate Release

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June 05, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jason Matthew
District of Columbia Superior Court (202) 616-0394
Sex Offender Investigations Squad Makes 50th Arrest

Washington – Since its creation in December 2011, a local U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Squad has arrested and prosecuted 50 sex offenders for federal and District of Columbia sex offender registration violations. The squad was formed by the U.S. Marshals Service, Superior Court for the District of Columbia and comprises a team of four deputy U.S. marshals led by a senior inspector. The team is dedicated to enforcing the Adam Walsh and Child Safety Protection Act of 2006 and the District of Columbia Sex Offender Registration Act of 1999 in the Washington metro area.

The 50 arrests have led to a 90 percent conviction rate due to the diligent work of the Sex Offender Investigations Squad investigators and the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office. The squad has initiated 105 sex offender investigations, arrested 44 sex offenders for other related offenses and executed 30 search warrants. Due to these criminal investigations, the squad has uncovered numerous other offenses and criminal activities including additional sex offenses, drug trafficking, tax and benefit fraud and identity theft. During the execution of search warrants associated with these sex offender cases, the squad has seized numerous firearms, narcotics, currency and other instruments used in criminal activities.

The Sex Offender Investigations Squad is also part of the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Sex Offender Investigations Branch, a Marshals Service headquarters component. The squad works closely with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Sex Offender Targeting Center, and other federal and local law enforcement partners. The success in these investigations and prosecutions are due to the strong cooperation with these law enforcement partners.

The mission of the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch is to protect the public from sex offenders through the coordinated enforcement of sex offender registration laws. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Marshals have arrested 66,590 fugitive sex offenders, closed 85,533 sex offender warrants, initiated 16,335 Adam Walsh investigations, and issued 3,215 Adam Walsh violation arrest warrants – closing 2,720 of them by Marshals arrests.

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

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