Williamsport, PA - Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the home addresses of 164 registered sex offenders living within a 20-mile radius of the Little League World Series site were verified as part of Operation Safety Net. Law enforcement officials continue to investigate five potential violations.
In 2010, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in the Middle District of Pennsylvania initiated Operation Safety Net to verify the home addresses of Megan’s Law registrants and to ensure that those found out of compliance were investigated and prosecuted. More than 6,000 unannounced compliance checks within the 33 counties that comprise the Middle District of Pennsylvania were completed since that time. And, more than 150 Megan’s law violators were arrested.
On August 11th and 12th of this year, the USMS and the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section joined with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Lycoming County Sheriff and the Union County Sheriff to complete 164 unannounced checks at the home addresses of convicted sex offenders .
United States Marshal Pane stated, “The public should know that the enforcement of sex offender registration laws is given the highest priority within the Marshals Service.”
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 designated the USMS as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their Megan’s Law requirements. The Act additionally designated the USMS as the lead law enforcement agency authorized to investigate convicted sex offenders who move across state lines and fail to re-register.