William Newel Brockbrader, aka “Bill Brockbrader”
and “Bill Wood,” 48, of Garden Valley, Idaho, was found guilty of
failure to register as a sex offender in a December 2012 trial. He was
sentenced March 28, 2013, in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison,
followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $10,000
Brockbrader had been convicted by court-martial
in 1998 of three sexual offenses against his 11-year-old sister-in-law
while serving in the U.S. Navy. He was dishonorably discharged, served
three years in prison and was released on parole in Utah in 2001. He
initially registered as a sex offender in Utah but failed to update his
registration status when he moved to Nevada in 2009. During a traffic
stop in Nevada in April 2011, he was arrested after it was discovered he
had failed to register. He completed his registration under protest
while he was in jail and was released.
Brockbrader left Nevada in early 2012 and moved
to Garden Valley, Idaho, but was noncompliant with his Nevada
registration requirements at the time and failed to notify Nevada or
Utah authorities that he had moved to Idaho. Brockbrader also failed to
register in Idaho, and the U.S. Marshals arrested him in May 2012 for
Adam Walsh Act violations. He reportedly fainted twice during the
He was sentenced to 30 months in a Seattle
prison, to be followed with 10 years of supervised release. He was
released in 2014 and again failed to register.
Investigators describe Brockbrader as
narcissistic and a braggart who enjoys a swinger lifestyle and sees
himself as a ladies man. While he did serve in the U.S. Navy, he has
falsely claimed to have been a member of SEAL Team 9, which does not
exist. He has posted videos online in which he claims his 11-year-old
victim pursued him, that the abuse was “consensual,” and that the U.S.
government is conspiring against him. He was last seen in a video online
in 2015, posted from an unknown location.
Brockbrader is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs
approximately 170 pounds. He has blond hair (but likely shaves his head)
and blue eyes. The words “Honor,” “Courage” and “Commitment” are
tattooed in Arabic on his upper back, he has a tribal band tattoo on his
upper right arm, multiple tattoos on his upper left arm, and the Roman
numeral IX (for SEAL Team 9) on his upper back just below his neck. He
may be employed fixing lasers on hair removal tools for salons. He has
ties to Utah, Nevada, California and Canada.
“William Brockbrader was tried, found guilty, and
sentenced to prison for a heinous crime,” said Brent R. Bunn, U.S.
Marshal for the District of Idaho. “While he served that sentence, he is
still required by law to register as a sex offender and to maintain that
registration wherever he goes. Because he has failed to comply with that
requirement, he is a fugitive, and it is our responsibility to find him
and arrest him. I strongly encourage anyone with information about his
location to contact us immediately.”
Tips may be submitted directly to the Marshals by
calling 1-877-WANTED2 or using the
USMS Tips App.
Failure to register as a sex offender is
punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and
a minimum of five years up to lifetime supervised release.
July 27, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary of the
signing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which
established the USMS as the lead federal agency for sex offender
violations. The agency created the Sex Offender Investigations Branch to
direct and coordinate implementation of its primary responsibilities
under the AWA — assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial
authorities in the location and apprehension of noncompliant and
fugitive sex offenders; investigating violations of the AWA for federal
prosecution; and assisting in the identification and location of sex
offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.
Additionally, the AWA categorized sex offenders
into a three-tiered system based on the crime committed and requires
offenders to maintain their registration information accordingly. For
example, Tier 3 offenders — the most serious – must update their
whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency