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For Immediate Release

April 22, 2010

U.S. Marshal C. Martin Keely

Northern District of Alabama

(205) 776-6226

U.S. Marshals Service and Law Enforcement Partners Arrest 139 People in Operation Clean Slate

The U.S. Marshals Service and its law enforcement partners have arrested 139 people in connection with Operation Clean Slate – a sex offender compliance operation.  


The arrests were carried out by teams of Deputies, Agents, and Officers comprised of the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force,  Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service, Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Birmingham Police Department, and the Hoover Police Department. 


U.S. Marshal C. Martin Keely stated, “The purpose of this cooperative effort is to check the compliance of 957 Registered Sex Offenders who reside within Jefferson County and the municipalities of the County.” 


Clean Slate is a two phase operation.   Phase One of Clean Slate began about three months ago, with 550 sex offenders being checked for compliance.  Approximately 78% of offenders were determined to be compliant with sex offender registration laws.   Of those found to be non-compliant, arrest warrants were issued and 139 people were arrested for violations of sex offender registration laws, and other outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants.   As a result of Clean Slate, 194 warrants have been cleared. 


Arrests of interest include: 


Bobby Ray Overton, 33, a convicted sex offender whose conviction was for the rape of two six year old females in 2003.  Overton was arrested in Birmingham, in a utility shed behind a residence for failing to register and faces an additional charge of residing with children.  He remains in state custody.


James H. May, 28, was also wanted on an arrest warrant for failure to register.  When the arrest team arrived at May’s Jefferson County residence, he barricaded himself inside.  After negotiations, May was arrested.  He faces additional charges of failure to provide a thirty-day notice of changing address and residing within 2000 feet of a school, Burglary first degree, and the attempted rape of a fourteen year old girl which occurred approximately twenty-four hours before he was arrested.  He is currently in state custody. 


Anthony Darneil Knight, 34, was wanted on an arrest warrant from Birmingham for failure to register.  Deputies in Birmingham developed information that Knight was in Hammond, Louisiana, and requested assistance from the Marshals Service there.   Knight’s under lying offense was for sexual assault on a two year old child.  Deputies encountered Knight in the master bedroom of his home holding a Beretta 9mm pistol to his head, threatening to kill himself.   During negotiations, Knight turned his gun on deputies and failed to respond to commands to drop the weapon.  A Deputy fired his weapon, and Knight was struck. He received a non-life threatening injury and was treated at a local hospital.  Knight was arrested for his failure to register, and is in custody where he faces additional state and federal charges for possession of weapon, assault on a federal officer and Adam Walsh Act violations.


Phase Two of Clean Slate is underway with compliance checks for the remaining registered sex offenders.  U.S. Marshal Keely states, “The message is clear, law enforcement at the Federal, State, County, and Municipal levels are committed to the enforcement of the Adam Walsh Act and local sex offender laws.  If you are a sex offender, you have seen, or will be seeing a law enforcement team at your door to verify your compliance with sex offender registration laws.  If you are a sex offender who is not compliant, you will be arrested.”