Washington, DC – On May 20, 2014,
Wallace Utley, a convicted child sex offender was arrested by U.S. Marshals
in Sanford, North Carolina after nearly three years on the run. Wallace
Utley was convicted in 2009 for sexually assaulting a ten year old boy in
the District of Columbia. Later the same year, Utley was also convicted of
brandishing a knife and threatening to kill the victim in an unrelated case.
Wallace Utley’s criminal history included arrests for possession of
narcotics, theft, burglary, robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon (knife)
In April 2011, a felony bench warrant was issued by D.C. Superior Court
Judge Ronna Beck, for Fail to Appear for a Probation Show Cause Hearing. In
May 2012, as a result of an Adam Walsh Act investigation, U.S. Marshals
obtained an arrest warrant for Utley for Failure to Register as a Sex
Offender in the District of Columbia. In January 2014, District of Columbia,
Superior Court (DCSC) Deputy U.S. Marshals received credible information
that Utley fled to North Carolina. Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to the DCSC
and Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force traveled to Sanford, North
Carolina and worked alongside with Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Middle
District of North Carolina Joint Fugitive Task Force in the search for
fugitive Utley. Upon arriving in North Carolina, Deputies worked
continuously for the next thirty-six hours, following up on every lead. The
investigation revealed that Utley had fled the Washington D.C. area nearly
two years ago and was living in a home where a daycare was being operated.
The investigation also revealed Utley was living in that home with a 5 month
old baby, along with three other children ages 5, 8 and 14. None of the
residents were aware that Wallace Utley was a convicted child sex offender.
The U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) was
created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety
Act (AWA), which was passed on July 27, 2006. The SOIB's role is to carry
out the U.S. Marshals Service responsibilities in connection with the AWA.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's leading law enforcement agency in
the fight to enforce local, state, regional, and national sex offender
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