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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 16, 2014 Jose A. Figueroa, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Puerto Rico (787) 754-4188;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Operation Radar Targets Non-Compliant Convicted Sex Offenders Hiding Out in Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR - The United States Marshals Service led Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force - Sex Offender’s Investigations Team, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Sex Offenders Division, conducted Operation Radar from Jan. 14th thru Jan 16th. During this sex offender operation, 5 total arrests were made and over 20 sex offender compliance checks were conducted throughout the island.

Fugitive Juan A. Santiago-Torres was arrested on Tuesday as he was in route to the San Juan International Airport. This fugitive is wanted out of the state of Wisconsin on a charge for alleged Obstruction of Justice and Violations of the state Sex Offender Registry requirements.

Also arrested was Flor Martinez, wanted out of the state of New York for allegedly failing to register as a Sex Offender and fugitive Jensen Torres who is wanted out of the state of South Dakota for allegedly violating the terms and conditions of a court order.

These 3 fugitives are also charged at the federal level for allegedly failing to register as a Convicted Sex Offender, which is a violation of the 2006, Adam Walsh Child and Safety Protection Act. All three fugitives have individual prior convictions related to sex offenses with a minor for which established their requirement to register as convicted sex offenders.

“This is a crucial part of the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender investigations mission for which we diligently seek and arrest those who choose to travel to Puerto Rico to elude their requirements to register as convicted 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. 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.

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

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