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For Immediate Release

May 21, 2014 David Neumann, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Columbia - Superior Court (202) 616-8500
U.S. Marshals Capture Sex Offender on the Run

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) and threats.

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 compliance.

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