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For Immediate Release

Contact:
July 25, 2014 Lisa Norbert, Sr. Inspector - District of Alaska (907) 271-3504;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
July 27th - the 8th Anniversary of the Adam Walsh Act

Anchorage, AK – This Sunday, July 27, 2014 is the 8th anniversary of the signing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, by President George Bush.

Named for the 6 year old Adam Walsh who was kidnapped at a mall near his Florida home and found murdered two weeks later, the Adam Walsh Act was made into law on July 27, 2006. This event turned his father John Walsh (host of America’s Most Wanted) into one of the nation’s top victims’ advocates. The purpose of the act is to protect the public, in particular children, from violent sex offenders via a more comprehensive, nationalized system for registration of sex offenders. The act calls for all states to conform to various aspects of sex offender registration, including information that must be collected and duration of registration requirements for classifications of offenders and makes failing to register as federal crime.

The new law also established a new federal crime (18 USC § 2250) which subjects sex offenders who knowing fail to register (or keep their registration current) up to ten years of imprisonment in the event that they travel in interstates or foreign commerce.

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the lead agency assigned with assisting jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements and charging individuals with 18 USC § 2250.

The U.S. Marshals Service- Sex Offender Investigations Branch performs three distinct missions pursuant to the Act:

1. Assisting state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant sex offenders;

2. Investigating violations of the Adam Walsh Act and related offense; and

3. Assisting in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.

To ensure compliance with the sex offender registry and to avoid duplication of effort, the U.S. Marshals works closely with the State of Alaska, Sex Offender/ Child Kidnapping Registry, local law enforcement counterparts, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; the DOJ Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) office and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In Alaska, a sex offender who lives, works or attends school must register:

  • By the next working day following conviction for a sex offense or child kidnapping, if not incarcerated at the time of the conviction.
  • Before release from an in state correctional facility, if incarcerated for a sex offense or child kidnapping.

A sex offender who moves to Alaska from another jurisdiction must register:

  • By the next working day of becoming physically present in the state

The U.S. Marshals Service, Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement have conducted numerous operations focusing on sex offender compliance checks, warrant arrests and re-registering non-compliant offenders throughout Alaska.

Also available is a video and audio public service announcement from John Walsh pertaining to sex offenders registering on time (available upon request).

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

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