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For Immediate Release

May 18, 2018 Mike Barron, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Vermont (802) 951-6271
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Vermont Unregistered Sex Offender Arrested in Oregon
Burlington, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service arrested an unregistered sex offender wanted by the State of Vermont, who was on the run for 2 two years.

On May 16, 2018 James Joseph Rivers, was arrested in Cottage Grove, Oregon when located by members of the United States Marshals Service and the Cottage Grove Police Department.

In March of 2016, Riversí whereabouts became unknown. As a result, a Vermont Department of Corrections warrant for Escape was issued. In June of 2016, a second warrant, charging Rivers with Escape Custody-Furlough was issued by Vermont Probation & Parole. In July 2016, Vermont Probation & Parole contacted the U.S. Marshals Service for assistance in locating and apprehending Rivers.

Rivers has an extensive and violent criminal history that includes convictions for Second Degree Murder, Escape, Disturbing the Peace, and Prohibited Acts. Rivers was also convicted of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in June of 2009. This conviction requires Rivers to register as a sex offender. Since 2016, Rivers has been out of compliance with the Vermont Sex Offender Registry and had not registered with another state.

The U.S. Marshals vigorously worked this fugitive case, tracking down various leads and ruling out rumors of Riversí death. When recent information developed indicating Rivers was possibly living in Oregon under an alias, the U.S. Marshals in Burlington contacted the U.S. Marshals in Eugene, Oregon, for assistance. Information pointed towards Cottage Grove, Oregon, where U.S. Marshals teamed up with the Cottage Grove Police Department to pursue the fugitive and sex offender investigation.

Investigators confirmed Rivers had been living in the area for at least six months under a false identity of Jason Jay Rush. The U.S. Marshals developed additional leads and discovered more details about Riversí life in Oregon, including that Rivers primarily lived in a minivan that he parked in several locations in and around Cottage Grove.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on May 16th, the U.S. Marshals and Cottage Grove Police Officers located a minivan about two miles east of Cottage Grove matching the description obtained for Riversí vehicle. Rivers was arrested without incident. Rivers provided a false name to Law Enforcement and repeatedly lied about his identity in an apparent attempt to avoid capture.

Riverís arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service Ė Vermont, the U.S. Marshals Service - Oregon, St. Albans Probation & Parole, and Oregonís Cottage Grove Police Department.

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