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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 17, 2013 District of Alaska
Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike (907) 271-5170;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Sex Offenders Accounted for During "Operation Southeast"

During the week of September 8, 2013, federal, state and local law enforcement officers joined together to account for 193 sex-offenders in Ketchikan, Juneau/Douglas and Sitka in “Operation Southeast”. Participating agencies included Alaska U.S. Marshals, Alaska State Troopers, Police Departments from Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka along with Department of Corrections-Probation/Parole. Law enforcement agencies participated in a comprehensive verification of currently registered sex-offenders. The goal was to ensure that the state’s sex-offenders are living and working where they are reporting and to gain compliance or arrest any that are not in compliance. The teams also focused their attention on arresting any violent fugitives living in the communities.

Due to the experience and local knowledge of the state and local officers, the successful 5-day operation netted the following results: 132 confirmed compliant sex-offenders living/working where reported (7 in Juneau brought into compliance and 4 in Sitka brought into compliance); 5 non-compliant sex-offenders arrested in Ketchikan; 6 additional warrants issued or pending for non-compliant sex offenders; 5 non-compliant sex-offenders believed to be out of state who will be investigated by the U.S. Marshals for a federal charge of the Adam Walsh Act Violation; 4 located registered and living in other states; and 6 incarcerated in the state of Alaska on other offenses.

In addition to the 5 arrested for failing to register as a sex-offender, the joint operation also arrested individuals for the following charges: 1 for probation violation, 1 for parole violation, 1 for hindering prosecution and drug charges, 1 for possession of child pornography, 1 for assault, 3 for drug charges and 1 who failed to appear on an assault case.

Although this operation concluded on Saturday, September 14, 2013, the U.S. Marshals Service, along with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will continue the efforts to protect the public from violent fugitives and non-compliant sex offenders on a daily basis.

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

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