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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 06, 2018 Cory Thomas, Senior Inspector
Western District of Arkansas (479) 650-2761;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Arrest Sex Offender in Mexico
Fayetteville, AR - On April 5, 2018, the U.S. Marshals Service and Mexico authorities arrested Northwest Arkansas sex offender Stephen Morais in Zacatecas, Mexico. Morais was wanted on two outstanding federal warrants out of the U.S. District Court for Western Arkansas for a Probation Violation  and a Failure to Register as a Sex Offender warrant, as well as a state warrant for Violation of Sex Offender Registry issued by the Fayetteville Police Department.

Morais disappeared from his registered address in Fayetteville, AR in July of 2017. The Fayetteville Police Department soon developed information that Morais may have left the country. Due to the fact that Morais was a sex offender and on federal probation, the U. S. Marshals Service was asked to assist in locating and apprehending Morais. The Fayetteville Police Department, U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of Texas and Western Arkansas, and the U.S. Marshals Mexico City Field Office, all worked together to develop leads and information that ultimately led to where Morais was hiding in Mexico.

Morais was found in Zacatecas, Mexico and taken into custody on Thursday, April 5, 2018. When U.S. Marshals and Mexico authorities found Morais, they discovered he was also living with another wanted federal sex offender out the U.S. District Court for Eastern Tennessee - William Hulsey Jr.. Hulsey and Morais were both extradited back to the United States today.

One of the critical missions of the U.S. Marshals Service is to assist state and local authorities in sex offender compliance, which includes locating and arresting non-compliant sex offenders. Between July of 2006 and July of 2017, the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 106,325 wanted sex offenders across the United States and other countries.

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

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