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SE authorities conduct five-day sting to check sex offender registry compliance

Alaska U.S. Marshals say no arrests in Juneau, five in Ketchikan

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 3:07pm  |  Updated: September 19, 2013 - 12:01am

Law enforcement recently completed a five-day joint operation to ensure convicted sex offenders in Southeast Alaska are complying with the sex offender registry, according to the Alaska U.S. Marshals.

The Marshals Service said in a press release that of the 193 registered sex offenders in Juneau, Douglas, Ketchikan and Sitka, 132 were found to be in compliance by working and living where they reported.

Seven people in Juneau and four in Sitka were brought into compliance without being arrested, Deputy U.S. Marshal Rochelle Liedike said Wednesday.

“They had re-registered and did some of their paperwork and came back into compliance” upon being apprehended by law enforcement, Liedike said.

Five people in Ketchikan were arrested for non-compliance, she said.

Marshals said in the release that the operation, which was completed Saturday, also netted the following results:

• Six additional warrants were issued, or are pending, for non-compliance.

• Five non-compliant sex offenders believed to be out of state will be investigated for violating the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which dictates how frequently and how long offenders must register their whereabouts depending on the seriousness of their offense.

• Four people were located and found to be living in other states.

Marshals said that during the sting they also made arrests for a probation violation, a parole violation, hindering prosecution, drug charges, possession of child pornography, assault and failing to appear in court.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies all participated in the effort, including U.S. Marshals in the District of Alaska, Homeland Security Investigations, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Corrections-Probation/Parole and the police departments in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.

The press release noted that all of those law enforcement agencies work to protect the public from violent fugitives and non-compliant sex offenders on a daily basis.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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