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For Immediate Release

March 30, 2011 Supervisory Deputy Robert M. Alexander,
District of Nevada, Reno (775) 530-0417
Sex Offender Wanted Since 1983 Arrested by U.S. Marshals on UNR Campus

Reno, NV - The United States Marshals Service (USMS) announces the arrest of Steven M. James (AKA Steven Mell), a fugitive wanted in Spokane, Washington on an outstanding probation warrant issued in 1983. James, 59, was sentenced to probation as the result of a 1983 conviction for attempted indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14.

The investigation, to locate Steven M. James, led Deputy U.S. Marshals to the University of Nevada Reno
(UNR) where he was found to be a full-time student. James was arrested on campus, yesterday afternoon, by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Officers from UNR Police Services as he arrived for class. He was booked into the Washoe County Jail awaiting extradition to Washington.

Christopher Hoye, the U.S. Marshal for the District of Nevada, stated, “This arrest showcases how
cooperation between federal and local law enforcement is paramount in locating fugitives fleeing
from justice, in this case, for nearly 28 years.”

The Nevada FIST is a permanent task force which brings together the resources and expertise of state, local and federal agencies in a coordinated effort to arrest dangerous fugitives and pursue sexual offenders anywhere they are located. In essence, Nevada FIST is a law enforcement “force multiplier”. Nevada FIST, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, is a partnership comprised of investigators from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Nevada Department of Public Safety (Parole and Probation), the Sparks Police Department, and the Reno Police Department.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at


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