Charleston, WV - Daniel Varnes, 54, was apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and West Virginia State Police February 6, in Huntington, West Virginia.
Varnes, who was listed as one of Colorado’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders, is charged with five counts of failure to register as a sexual offender. The charges stem from Varnes’ conviction in 2001 of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust. Varnes was convicted in Jefferson County, Colorado, of the repeated sexual assault of his victim and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. As part of his sentence, Varnes was required to register as a sex offender for life.
The investigation, led by a U.S. Marshals’ sex offender investigator, revealed that Varnes was working and residing in the Huntington area since August 2014, without ever registering as a sex offender, which is required by law. Once identified and located, Varnes was apprehended without incident.
“The apprehension of violent fugitives and sexual predators are core missions of the United States Marshals Service, and this arrest is an indicator that we will work tirelessly to help ensure the safety of our communities,” said John Foster, U.S. Marshal of the Southern District of West Virginia.
Varnes is currently being held at the Western Regional Jail. It is anticipated that Varnes will be prosecuted federally under the Adam Walsh Act provisions, which makes it a federal felony to not abide by sex offender registration laws.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the sole federal law enforcement agency tasked with the investigation and apprehension of unregistered sexual offenders.