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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 13, 2016 Terry Moore, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of West Virginia (304) 677-8807;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Dozens of Non-Compliant Sex Offenders Arrested During
Compliance Operations in Northern West Virginia
 

Martinsburg, WV - The U.S. Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police teamed up to conduct sex offender compliance checks during the last month in the Northern District of West Virginia.

Three separate operations were funded by the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch. The operations provided $54,000 in overtime funds to the West Virginia State Police to conduct sex offender compliance checks. The first operation began March 13 and the last operation ended April 10. The operations were titled: Shamrock (Troop 2) March 13-20; March Madness (Troop 3) March 20-27; & April Fools (Troop 1) April 3-10.

In West Virginia, the State Police is tasked with registering and monitoring persons who have been convicted of sex crimes and are required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Registered offenders in West Virginia are required to update their registration annually, and the State Police verifies this information through compliance checks. Any offender found in non-compliance with the requirements of the registry may face additional criminal charges.

U.S. Marshal Gary Gaskins stated “ the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police have a great working relationship and I appreciate the hard work and dedication these members of law enforcement put forth during these sex offenders compliance operations. Our goal is to support the West Virginia State Police and help insure these convicted sex offenders are in compliance of state law. This year’s operation has been deemed a success.”

During the operations, 1,971 compliance checks were attempted on 1,550 sex offenders. As a result of the checks, 1,414 offenders were found in compliance and 136 offenders were found to be non-compliant. Out of the 136 non-compliant offenders, 30 arrests have been made and 16 other offenders are being sought. Criminal Investigations remain open on 68 other non-compliant offenders in which charges may be filed.

The mission of the United States Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch is to protect the public from sex offenders through the coordinated enforcement of sex offender registration laws.

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

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