The whereabouts of all but 41 of Alaska’s 1,910 registered sex offenders are accounted for after a recent sweep by the Alaska State Troopers and the United States Marshals Service.
“We are extremely pleased that after a five-month sweep by Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Marshals, the vast majority of registered sex offenders were in compliance with the law,” Gov. Sean Parnell stated in a press release. “Law enforcement will continue efforts to ensure sex offenders who are required to register are in compliance.”
The program, part of Parnell’s “Safe Homes, Strong Families” initiative has a mission statement to make communities safer by reducing rates of sexual assault and domestic violence. Ensuring compliance with sex offender registration requirements is part of that plan.
Over a five-month period between December 2010 and April 2011 a team of trooper investigators and deputy marshals contacted or verified the statuses of the offenders by traveling to 134 cities and villages throughout Alaska.
Alaska State Troopers Director Col. Keith Mallard said the five-month effort emphasized the need for, and the benefit of, all law enforcement partners joining forces to address those issues that have historically plagued our state.
“Holding sex offenders accountable is imperative to keeping Alaskans safe,” Mallard said.
Working with multiple municipal police departments, the state probation and parole offices and district attorneys’ offices, the sweep teams found 1,651 of the 1,910 registered sex offenders to be in compliance, or 86.4 percent. Another 137, or 7.2 percent, were in jail for reasons unrelated to the offense requiring them to register.
Eighty-one offenders (4.2 percent) were out of compliance and were either arrested or had warrants issued for their arrest. Another 41 offenders (2.2 percent) were not located in the investigation.
During the sweeps an additional 750-800 convicted sex offenders were in jail and not included in the number to be contacted.
Of the 108 registered sex offenders in the City and Borough of Juneau, four were out of compliance.
Those four are Frank Glade Brown, 49; Anthony Paul Dyer, 37; Jonathan Alexander Hayward, 40; and Erik Brian Jacobsen, 42.
Close to 50 cases stemming from sexually related offenses are currently or have just finished prosecution in the Juneau Superior Court system during the past six months.
Troopers encourage the public to contact the nearest law enforcement agency if they know the whereabouts of any non-compliant sex offenders. The Alaska Department of Public Safety website has a photo registration system of all offenders.
In a press release, Department of Public Safety commissioner Joe Masters stated the Troopers and the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch formed a strong partnership with local law enforcement and focused on contacting all offenders required to register.
“Only through the collaborative efforts of the Troopers and the Marshals Service can sexual offenders be appropriately and effectively accounted for and held accountable,” U.S. Marshal Rob Heun stated in the release.
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