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For Immediate Release

Contact:
December 26, 2013 Supervisory Deputy Robert M. Alexander
District of Nevada, Reno Office (775) 686-5790
Sex Offender Known in Reno as a Preacher Arrested by
Northern Nevada U.S. Marshals Led Task Force

Reno, NV – United States Marshals Northern Nevada Fugitive Task Force arrests James Edward Bryant (68) within 6 hours after being contacted by their San Francisco counterparts. Bryant was arrested late this afternoon on an outstanding, October 11, 2012, California Parolee at Large (PAL) warrant. His underlying offense is a conviction for sex offenses against a minor under the age of 14. Bryant has a significant criminal history and was considered dangerous. He was arrested at 541 West 3rd Street, #52, after attempting to resist, by Deputy United States Marshals and the Regional Sex Offender Notification Unit (RSONU). Bryant has been booked into the Washoe County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender in Nevada and possession of a dangerous weapon (taser). Following the disposition of local charges, he will face extradition to California for the outstanding arrest warrant. The United States Marshals Service is conducting a follow-up investigation in order to assess if Bryant violated federal law as the result of the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Reno U.S. Marshals were contacted this morning with information Bryant may be in the area. Investigators followed leads and conducted numerous interviews. They were able to identify where James Bryant was residing as the result of assistance from the public. Investigators were told, by members of the public, that Bryant was known in the community as a preacher. Anyone with information or allegations of crimes committed by Bryant should contact their local police department.

The Northern Nevada U.S. Marshals Service led task force is a partnership comprised of law enforcement investigators from the United States Marshals Service, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Department of Public Safety (Probation & Parole), and Sparks Police Department. The Task Force combines the resources and expertise of local, state, and federal law enforcement in a collaborative effort to arrest dangerous fugitives, wanted gang members, and pursue sexual offenders wherever they are located. This Northern Nevada partnership has resulted in more than 250 arrests in 2013.

As the result of the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the United States Marshals Service is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating sex offenders, convicted in federal or state court, who have failed to register or update their registration and travel in interstate or foreign commerce.

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

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