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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 07, 2021 Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Tennessee - Memphis (901) 573-8177;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals and Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Work Together on Sex Offender Operation

Bolivar, TN – On May 4th and 5th, 2021, the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sex offender compliance operation, Operation Chickasaw, which was supported operationally and tactically by the United States Marshals Service and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

During the operation, two teams of Hardeman County Sheriff’s Deputies and Deputy U.S. Marshals investigated 35 convicted sex offenders to insure they are following their requirements and found 25 in compliance with the sex offender registry law. Seven offenders were found not to be out of compliance and three are still being investigated. James Shermaine Williams was arrested for Failure To Register As A Sex Offender. The other six noncompliant offenders will be further investigated for prosecution under state and federal law.

Four other persons were arrested for felony crimes that were uncovered during the operation. Chad Johnson was arrested for Felon In Possession Of A Firearm and Possession Of A Controlled Substance. Kendall Saintignan was arrested on multiple drug possession charges. David Ramsey was arrested for Felon In Possession Of A Firearm. Donald Stagner was arrested on a Failure To Appear on a previous Failure to Register As A Sex Offender Charge.

“Sex offender compliance operations produce many beneficial outcomes,” said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller. “The Marshals Service is glad to partner with state and county agencies to help with this important service.”

In addition to providing a number of Deputy U.S. Marshals who helped supplement the Sheriff’s Office, the Marshals Service provided funds that will be used to purchase needed equipment for the Hardeman County Sex Offender mission. TBI provided logistical and analytical support.

In an effort to assist state and local law enforcement, the USMS has been tasked by the United States Attorney General to provide needed assistance to law enforcement agencies that are mandated to comply with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In order to fulfill this obligation, the USMS has developed a system of partnering with state and local agencies to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders that are not in compliance with their legal obligations that have been ordered upon them by the courts as a result of their sex crime convictions.

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

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