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Monday, December 23, 2013

U.S. Marshals Arrest Child Sexual Predator

Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, Robert W. Mathieson, announces the capture of Richard “Andy” Barnett. Mr. Barnett was wanted out of Norfolk, VA for taking indecent liberties with a child, animate object sexual penetration of a child and aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 Years of Age.

Late yesterday afternoon US Marshals from the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in Long Beach, CA arrested Mr. Barnett after an exhaustive investigation. Information developed by deputies in Norfolk tracked Mr. Barnett who was arrested without incident. Mr. Barnett is alleged to have committed the aforementioned offenses sometime in 2008-2010. Mr. Barnett is currently being housed at the Long Beach City Jail awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

The U.S. Marshals led task force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency, arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives, 86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders in fiscal year 2013. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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