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For Immediate Release

April 07, 2016 Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
Marshals Task Force & Manchester PD Arrests Two Wanted Sex Offenders in Manchester
NHJFTF logoConcord, NH - Last night, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with officers from the Manchester Police Department located and arrested two wanted sex offenders in Manchester. Both sex offenders were wanted for sex offender registration violations.

The first arrest, Peggy Hale, 58 was arrested at a residence in the 400 block of Lincoln Street in Manchester, NH. The second, arrest was Erik Van Winkle, 35, who was located and arrested by the Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Manchester Police at a business on Elm Street in downtown Manchester, NH.

Peggy Hale is required to maintain her sex offender registration as a result of a conviction and sentence she received in Hillsborough County Superior Court for aggravated felonious sexual assault in December of 1992. Erik Van Winkle is required to register as a sex offender as a result of his August, 2007 conviction for two counts of prohibited use of computer services with the victim being under 16 years of age.

Both Hale and Van Winkle were brought to the Manchester Police Department for booking and holding on their outstanding arrest warrants. These arrests were a cooperative effort made by members of the U.S. Marshals – N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force and the Manchester Police Department.

The U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) was created in July 2006, following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA). The SOIB's role is to carry out the U.S. Marshals Service responsibilities in connection with the AWA including: assisting state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders, as well as Investigate violations of the Adam Walsh Act for federal prosecution. “This partnership between the U.S. Marshals SOIB and local law enforcement has been a great tool in helping to enforce the laws that were designed to protect our children from the level 3 sex offenders that are the most likely to offend again,” said U.S. Marshals Senior Inspector Mark Lewis.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 6,216 arrests (Updated as of 12/24/2015). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Photos of Hale and Van Winkle can be located on the NH Sex Offender Registry Web Site at:

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


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