1300 Convicted Sex Offenders Verified for Compliance
Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J.
Pane announced the successful conclusion of Operation Safety Net III – an
initiative designed to verify the addresses of more than 1,300 convicted sex
offenders residing in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. This operation is the
direct result of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, signed
into law July 27, 2006. The Act commemorated the July 27, 1981 abduction and
murder of 6-year old Adam Walsh. It designated the United States Marshals
Service (USMS) as the lead federal law enforcement agency charged with assisting
jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who fail to register,
and pursuing convicted sex offenders who cross state lines to avoid their
registration requirements. |
Beginning in February 2012, Deputy U. S. Marshals teamed with the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section as well as state and local police officers to verify Megan’s Law addresses of 1,309 convicted sex offenders living in the 33 counties which comprise the Middle District of Pennsylvania. This number also included the verification of addresses for 88 offenders classified as Sexually Violent Predators.
13 individuals were found to be out of compliance with sex offender registration requirements, and were arrested for violations of Megan’s Law. Those arrested were:
United States Marshal Pane stated, “The public should know that the Marshals Service is committed to enforcing the blanket of protection that Megan’s Law and The Adam Walsh Act provide to our citizens. Convicted sex offenders must know this mission is given the highest priority within our agency. Operation Safety Net III has ended, but our efforts to locate non-compliant sex offenders never does.”
The following law enforcement agencies worked with the United States Marshals Service in support of Operation Safety Net III:
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.