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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 11, 2018 Bryon Carroll, Senior Inspector
Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator
U.S. Marshals Service, District of Oregon (541) 465-6340;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Announce Results of 'Operation Oregon Nights'
Multiagency Operation Targeted Sex Offenders in Eugene, Springfield,
and Coburg, and on the Campus of the University of Oregon
Eugene, OR - Combined efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Coburg Police Department, the Eugene Police Department, the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police, the University of Oregon Police Department, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office sent a strong message to sex offenders in Lane County: Comply with all sex offender laws and registration requirements.

As of April, Oregon state records listed 2,171 sex offenders in Lane County, including 434 non-compliant sex offenders - a non-compliance rate of approximately 20 percent.

Operation Oregon Nights targeted sex offenders in the cities of Eugene, Springfield, and Coburg, on and near the campus of the University of Oregon, and in surrounding areas over six weeks, from April 29 to June 9. Working primarily during late afternoon hours and at night, operation personnel from different agencies successfully worked together in teams in multiple jurisdictions. Operation Oregon Nights focused on investigating and locating non-compliant sex offenders, apprehending sex offenders with active warrants, and conducting compliance checks on higher risk sex offenders at their residences.

Operation Oregon Nights was one of the largest law enforcement operations in Lane County in recent history. Operation Oregon Nights led to the arrest of 67 individuals, including 53 sex offenders.

Operation Oregon Nights represents the U.S. Marshals Service’s aggressive enforcement strategy to help ensure the safety of communities and children across the country.

Operation Oregon Nights
results:
 
  • 46 custody arrests
  • 21 arrests by criminal citation in lieu of custody
  • 65 sex offender violation charges
  • 11 additional pending sex offender violation charges
  • 23 warnings for sex offender violations
  • 32 other criminal charges
  • 37 active warrants cleared by arrest
  • 188 additional sex offender compliance checks, including 19 compliance checks on Level 3 and Predatory sex offenders
 
Operation personnel investigated several sex offender violations during Operation Oregon Nights. These investigations led to arrests for failure to complete an initial registration, failure to complete an annual registration, failure to report a change of address, failure to report or update employment or student enrollment at a college or university, and failure to provide complete or accurate information on a registration form, as well as other sex offender violations. While an enforcement operation, Operation Oregon Nights also included an education component. Operation personnel often took extra time to speak with sex offenders and members of the community, answer any questions, and share information.

Operation personnel also made arrests for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, and driving under the influence of intoxicants, as well as other criminal violations. Additionally, operation personnel made arrests for active warrants for failure to register as a sex offender, escape from custody-furlough for second degree murder and sexual exploitation of a minor, probation violation for failure to register as a sex offender and making false statements, parole violation for sodomy first degree and two counts of rape first degree, parole violation for assault, parole violation for unlawful delivery of marijuana, probation violation for forced burglary, menacing, contempt of court, and failure to appear in court, as well as other criminal violations.

The Cottage Grove Police Department, the Florence Police Department, the Junction City Police Department, the Lane Community College Public Safety Department, Lane County Parole & Probation, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and the Springfield Police Department provided assistance during the operation.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is a member agency of the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary law enforcement agency for fugitive and sex offender investigations. Created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the U.S. Marshals Service Sex Offender Investigations Branch carries out three principal responsibilities: Assist state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in locating and apprehending non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders; investigate sex offender violations for federal prosecution; and assist in identifying and locating sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster. The U.S. Marshals Service has implemented an aggressive enforcement strategy across the nation, including the coordination of multiagency enforcement operations.

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

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