Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sex Offender Compliance Operation Conducted in Anchorage

Anchorage, AK – Under “Operation Midnight Sun” federal, state and local law enforcement officers joined together to account for registered sex offenders who are currently under supervision with state probation in the Municipality of Anchorage. Participating in this joint 2-day operation (August 6-7) was the Alaska –U.S. Marshals Service, Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Department of Corrections-Adult Probation-Sex Offender Unit.

The law enforcement teams conducted sex offender compliance checks, probation home visits and updated photographs for the Alaska Sex Offender Registry on registered offenders. The intent was to verify that the state’s sex offenders are living where they are reporting to the Alaska registry and State Probation; additionally to arrest anyone that was non-compliant or a fugitive.

The successful 2-day operation netted the following results:

    80 offenders confirmed to be living where they reported.
    9 offenders were found to be non-compliant; therefore state Failure to Register as a Sex Offender warrants have been issued.
    1 non-compliant sex offender moved out of state; therefore a federal investigation will be initiated by the Alaska U.S. Marshals Service for a violation of the Adam Walsh Act.
    2 state probation violation arrests were affected.

Additionally, as a result of the probation home visits and searches, the following items were seized:

    1 Sears rifle (.22 caliber)
    6 cell phones for analysis
    2 computers for analysis
    1 Play Station
    Approximately 4oz. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia

Although this operation concluded on Friday, August 7, 2015, future efforts will continue in an attempt to contact registered sex offenders living within our communities. The U.S. Marshals Service, Sex Offender Investigations Branch (SOIB) was created following the passage of the Adam Walsh Act on July 27, 2006. The mission of the USMS-SOIB is to protect the public from sex offenders through the coordinated enforcement of sex offender registration laws. Sex Offender Compliance Operations such as this one are being conducted nationwide by USMS and law enforcement partners.

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