US Marshals Service performs sex offender sweep in Knox, Waldo counties

Posted July 20, 2012, at 7:38 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Marshals Service, in conjunction with state, county and local police conducted a sweep this week of locations in Knox and Waldo counties to verify that convicted sex offenders were meeting registration requirements, according to a news release issued Friday.

As a result, three summonses were issued in Knox County and one in Waldo County for noncompliance with state registry requirements. Also, one offender in Waldo County was arrested for failure to update his address with the state registry.

The operation started in Knox County on Wednesday where members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Knox County Sheriff’s department, Thomaston Police, Rockland Police and Maine State Probation physically verified 96 registered sex offender’s addresses.

On Thursday and Friday, members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Waldo County Sheriff’s office, Belfast Police, Searsport Police and State Probation physically verified 118 registered sex offender’s addresses within Waldo County.

U.S. Marshal Noel C. March commended the interagency teamwork, adding, “The U.S. Marshals Service is proud to assist our law enforcement partners at the state, county and local level in this very important public safety mission. The safety of our community, particularly our children, is paramount. By verifying the residences of these sex offenders we are ensuring their compliance with the law. In addition, we aggressively pursue those who are found to be noncompliant.”

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 provides that in order to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children the “Attorney General shall use the resources of federal law enforcement, including the U.S. Marshals Service, to assist jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements.”

The U.S. Marshals Service serves as the lead federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations under the Adam Walsh Act.

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