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For Immediate Release

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June 10, 2013 Jose A. Figueroa, Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Affairs Officer
District of Puerto Rico (939) 397-6099
Operation 'Childhood Shield 2013' Produces Sex Offender Arrests in Puerto Rico

PRVOTF LogoSan Juan, PR - On June 3, the U.S. Marshals Service led Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force and the Puerto Rico Police Department initiated Joint Operation "Childhood Shield 2013".

A total of four arrests were made throughout the operation. Three individuals were arrested and face State sex offender charges, and one individual was arrested and faces federal charges for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender in Puerto Rico.

This week long operation, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Police Departments Sex Offender
Investigators, was launched in an effort to verify that registered sex offenders were in compliance with
established sex offender registry requirements as well as other criteria established under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, enacted by congress in the year 2006. Over 73 compliance checks were conducted throughout the island. Due to the compliance checks conducted, seven new State and Federal sex offender investigations have been initiated.

"The U.S. Marshals Service Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force and the Puerto Rico Police Department is dedicated in exhausting all resources available to ensure the safety of our children, shielding them from violent predators, and ensuring that convicted sex offenders comply with the standards of compliance imposed upon them by law. In 2012, the Task Force conducted a similar operation which led to the federal indictment and subsequent arrest of eight violent sex offenders," said Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Marshals Service has three key missions under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006: (1) to assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of
noncompliant sex offenders, (2) to investigate violations of the criminal provisions of the Adam Walsh Act,
and (3) to identify and locate displaced sex offenders resulting from a major disaster. In 2012, the U.S. Marshals arrested 12,451 sex offenders nationwide and since January 2009, the USMS has partnered with law enforcement personnel from more than 3,000 state and local agencies to coordinate and execute sex offender compliance/enforcement operations throughout the country.

The U.S. Marshals Service National Sex Offender Targeting Center collaborates with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Department of Justice's Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring,
Apprehending, Registering and Tracking Office to support all levels of law enforcement in pursuing
unregistered and non-compliant sex offenders.

Analysts conduct behavioral assessments and provide psychological insights into the minds of suspects and offenders to assist Marshals investigators in identifying and apprehending non-compliant sex offenders. The center also assists outside law enforcement with cold case reviews, including solved or unsolved homicides in which the murder appears to be sexually motivated.

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

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