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Nationwide sweep by U.S. Marshals puts sex offenders behind bars

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On Tuesday the US Marshals Service concluded Operation Guardian, a three-year, national initiative specifically targeting the country's most dangerous noncompliant sex offenders.

Deputy Marshals and law enforcement partners arrested 345 individuals who had failed to register with state authorities as required by law.

Marshals worked with state and local officials to identify specific non-registered fugitives based on their danger to the public and prior convictions for sex offenses.  As of Tuesday, USMS investigators had located 427 offenders out of 444 active fugitives, including 82 individuals found outside the United States. These individuals represent more than 500 prior convictions for sexual offenses.

"I'd like to thank each of the Deputy US Marshals and state and local law enforcement officials who contributed to the success of this important operation.  These dedicated professionals have helped to make our communities safer by taking dangerous fugitives off the streets," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Today's announcement sends a clear message: that the Justice Department and its allies are firmly committed to safeguarding our nation's young people from all forms of exploitation and abuse.  And we are determined to bring noncompliant sex offenders to justice."

The USMS has 129 assigned criminal investigators to conduct sex offender, non-registrant investigations on a full-time basis. Operation Guardian was a collaborative effort led by the Marshals Service in cooperation with Interpol, the Diplomatic Security Service, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

"The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is proud to partner with the US Marshals in helping to protect our nation's children," said John Ryan, chief executive officer, NCMEC.  "We applaud the overwhelming success of Operation Guardian which located hundreds of the country's most dangerous noncompliant sex offenders."

Here in South Carolina, the US Marshals Operation Intercept fugitive Task Force arrested the following individuals:

"Herman Dangerfield, wanted by Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.  Dangerfield was required to register as a sex offender due to a September 1997 conviction for Criminal Sexual Conduct.  Dangerfield failed to do as ordered by the court and subsequently violated the Adam Walsh Act when he moved out of state and began a new life in Florida and Western North Carolina.  Dangerfield was arrested in Clay County Florida and prosecuted federally in Asheville, NC for Adam Walsh Acts violations.

"Roger Medford, wanted by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender for a 2010 military conviction involving Carnal Knowledge and Sodomy of a 13 year old victim.  Medford was required to register as a sex offender by the court upon his military conviction. Medford failed to abide by the standing military court order to remain as a registered sex offender and violated the Adam Walsh Act when he moved out of state.  Medford established residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma and did not register as required.   The US Marshals task force in Oklahoma acted on the information provided by Operation Intercept and arrested Medford in October 2010 for Adam Walsh Act Violations.   Subsequently, Medford was prosecuted for these violations in Northern Oklahoma.

Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District of South Carolina stated: "I would like to thank the US Marshals and their law enforcement partners in making this operation a success. This collaborative effort helped to take some dangerous individuals off the streets.  The efforts of the US Marshals and their law enforcement partners are helping keep our communities safe."

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates more than 700,000 sex offenders reside in the U.S. and that more than 100,000 are classified as noncompliant or unregistered.  Since its inception in 2006, the SOIB has planned and executed more than 900 sex offender compliance and enforcement operations.  During these operations, the USMS partnered with more than 4,800 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct more than 150,000 compliance checks.  

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