Operation Shepherd 2009, spear-headed by the U.S. Marshal's Office results in 106 arrests. And more than 2,000 compliance checks were completed in Colorado and Wyoming.
U.S. Marshals in Colorado and Wyoming partnered up with Crime Stoppers and more than 50 law enforcement agencies, including Immigration Customs Enforcement, Department of Corrections – Parole and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, to carry out the massive sweep.
For several weeks, teams of law enforcement officers, including many agencies in southern Colorado, have been conducting unannounced compliance checks throughout both states. The goal is to find convicted sex offenders that have moved without properly registering their addresses. This weekend was also a big push to find fugitives with outstanding sex offense related warrants.
“These fugitive sex offenders are being identified and now we’re going after them”, states Robert Rodriguez, Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator for the U.S. Marshals Service.
On Friday, police turned to the public for assistance by promoting the Colorado Top 100 “Most Wanted” Sex Offender website.
Leads called in to Colorado Crime Stoppers, U.S. Marshals and CBI, along with investigative work, have led to 106 arrests so far. “We have located and arrested fugitives as far as Washington State. Additional leads have been sent to other parts of the country,” states Rodriguez.
Some of the warrants cleared include:
Failure to Register: 63
Sex Assault (Child): 10
Parole Violation by Convicted Sex Offender: 9
Immigration Legal/Illegal Resident Sex Crime: 14
Sex Assault: 6
Child Prostitution: 1
Rape/Aggravated Incest (Child): 3
Sexual Exploitation (Child): 1
Violation of Protection Order: 1
Violent Crime with a Weapon: 1