U.S. Marshals Announce the Results of Halloween Compliance Checks

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Kansas City, MO
– United States Marshal Mark S. James announced
today the results of Halloween night sex-offender registry compliance
checks in Greene, Buchanan, and Clinton Counties.

Operations in the Springfield area involved 31
law enforcement officers from 4 departments while those in northwestern
Missouri involved over 50 law enforcement officers from seven
departments. Deputy Marshals teamed up with these officers to ensure
compliance with Missouri’s state law (Section 589.426), which generally
requires that registered sex offenders be at home on Halloween evening
with exterior lights off and a sign posted that states “no candy or
treats at this residence,” among other requirements. During the evening
hours of Sunday October 31st, these law enforcement officers fanned out
across all three counties to knock on doors of every registered sex
offender to determine if they were at the residence and following all
requirements.

The USMS is the lead agency for investigating
violations of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which
enables the USMS to work with other federal, state and local authorities
to investigate sex offenders who may be in violation of federal law. The
operations were also part of an ongoing USMS nationwide effort to assist
local law enforcement in monitoring convicted sex offenders residing in
their communities. Participating departments included Greene, Christian,
Buchanan and Clinton County Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments from
Springfield, St. Joseph, Plattsburg, Cameron, Lathrop, Gower and the
Missouri Department of Corrections.

Results of the operations are as follows:

Greene County:

Buchanan County:

  • Checks on nearly 250 addresses.

  • Non-compliance of 10 offenders.

  • One arrest on a local warrant.

Clinton County:

“Compliance operations such as these provide the
U.S. Marshals Service with a valuable opportunity to cooperate with our
local law enforcement partners,” said Mark James, U.S. Marshal for the
Western
District of Missouri. “These partnerships allow the U.S.
Marshals Service and local law enforcement agencies to take a proactive,
community-oriented stance in protecting our communities.”

Investigations will be opened on offenders found
to be non-compliant with registry requirements and will be presented to
local or federal prosecutors as deemed appropriate pending the outcome
of the investigation. Get real-time access to sex offender registration
information at nsopw.gov.

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task
Force—Springfield Division, partners with members of the Greene County
Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield
Police Department, and the Billings Police Department. The Kansas City
Division, operates in conjunction with members of the Kansas City,
Independence and St. Joseph Missouri Police Departments, Jackson, Cass,
Clay, Buchanan and Nodaway County Sheriff’s Offices, Missouri State
Highway Patrol and other federal law enforcement partners. The task
force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with
violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders and other serious felonies.
It also provides direct support to law enforcement agencies in tracking
down and recovering missing children. Nationally the United States
Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law
enforcement in 94 district offices, 67 local fugitive task forces, 8
regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign
countries.

Tips can be submitted anonymously to the Greater
Kansas City Crime Stoppers via the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, on the
internet at KCcrimestoppers.com
or on the free mobile app available at
P3Tips.com.
Tips can also be submitted to the U.S. Marshals service directly by
downloading the USMS Tips app to
your Apple or Android device. Follow the latest news and updates about
the U.S. Marshals Service on Twitter: @USMarshalsHQ

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

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