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For Immediate Release

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November 01, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike (907) 271-5170;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Sex Offender Sentenced in Federal Court

Today in Anchorage, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska sentenced James Chuol Deng, a 30 year-old man from Sudan, to serve 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and 12 months to be served concurrently for Failure to Comply with Terms of Release Under Immigration Supervision.

On April 10, 2013, Deng was arrested at the University of Alaska-Anchorage by the U.S. Marshals Alaska Fugitive Task Force assisted by the University of Alaska-Anchorage Police. Deng was originally arrested on a warrant from Douglas County, Nebraska for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. These charges were later deferred due to the federal charges brought by the U.S. Marshals Service for his Failure to Register in Alaska as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The U.S. Marshals Service-Sex Offender Investigations Branch was created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) on July 26, 2006. The purpose of this act is to protect the public, in particular children, from violent sex offenders via a more comprehensive and nationalized system for registration of sex offenders. This act also makes failing to register a federal crime and establishes federal criminal penalties for violating18 USC § 2250. The United States Marshals Service is the lead federal agency assigned to assisting jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements. This law subjects sex offenders, who knowingly fail to register, or update their registration, to sentences of up to ten years of imprisonment.

The Alaska Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Homeland Security Investigations, the Alaska State Troopers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

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

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