For Immediate Release
Bryan Fleck, Deputy U.S. Marshal
DC Superior Court (202) 384-6994;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|USMS DC Sex Offender Investigations Squad Aakes 205th Arrest|
Washngton DC -
The U.S. Marshals Service, District of Columbia – Superior Court
Office’s Sex Offender Investigations Squad arrested and prosecuted its
205th sex offender for registration violations.
The SOIS is a team composed of full-time and collateral-duty investigators dedicated to enforcing the Adam Walsh and Child Safety Protection Act of 2006 and the District of Columbia Sex Offender Registration Act of 1999 in and around the Washington, D.C., metro area. The SOIS is also part of the USMS Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Sex Offender Investigations Branch, a headquarters component.
Since its inception in December 2011, the SOIS has initiated 439 sex offender investigations, arrested 253 offenders for other related offenses, and executed 150 search warrants. Due to these criminal investigations, the SOIS discovered additional criminal activities including additional sex offenses, drug trafficking, tax and benefit fraud, and identity theft. During the execution of search warrants in these sex offender cases, the SOIS has also seized firearms, narcotics, currency and other instruments used in criminal activities.
“Due to the diligent work of the Sex Offender Investigation Squad and the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office, we are seeing a 90 percent conviction rate,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia-Superior Court Michael Hughes. “But these successes are only possible because of the strong cooperation and participation of our partner agencies.”
The SOIS works very closely with the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Sex Offender Tracking Team, National Sex Offender Targeting Center, and numerous other federal and local agencies.
The mission of the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch is to protect the public from sex offenders through the coordinated enforcement of sex offender registration laws. The SOIB was created following the passage July 27, 2006, of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The SOIB's role is to carry out the U.S. Marshals Service responsibilities in connection with the AWA. The USMS has three principal responsibilities: (1) Assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders, (2) Investigate violations of the act for federal prosecution and (3) Assist in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.
Since the branch’s creation in July 2006, the USMS has arrested 106,325 fugitive sex offenders, closed 142,551 sex offender warrants, initiated 28,576 Adam Walsh investigations, and obtained 5,316 Adam Walsh violation arrest warrants – closing 4,689 by USMS arrest.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America’s First Federal Law Enforcement Agency