Sex Offender Crackdown Nets 152 Arrests

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A month-long sex offender sweep in Colorado, called Operation Shepherd 2010, nabbed more than a hundred fugitives.

U.S. Marshals and 84 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies wrapped up the operation June 30, making unannounced checkups on sex offenders and searching for fugitive sex offenders. The mission resulted in 152 arrests and 2,840 compliance checks.

Operation Shepherd was supported by law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Denver Police Department, Department of Corrections – Parole, and FBI - Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, as well as local agencies.

The effort also received assistance from specialized internet luring teams from the Colorado Springs Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office. Those agencies helped arrest 14 suspects on 21 charges of Internet Luring of a Child, Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child, Promotion of Obscenity to a Child, and Enticement of a Child. One of the arrested suspects brought a loaded weapon to the meeting with the undercover detective.

Agents with the ICE Fugitive Operations Unit were also able to pick up 21 sex offender illegal aliens. Authorities say these suspects were originally convicted of various sex crimes which included Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Strong-arm Rape and Internet Luring. Agents say these individuals were located and arrested in Colorado after illegally returning to the U.S. after deportation.

According to U.S. Marshals' Colorado branch, other sex offenders arrested during the sweep had additional warrants and charges which included: Failure to Register (60), Failure to Appear (19), Parole Violation (15), Sexual Assault (8), Criminal Attempted Murder (2), Kidnapping (2) and Pimping of Underage Girls. Federal violations included Failure to Register, Interstate Stalking, Interstate Domestic Assault, Interstate Threatening Communications (4), and international arrests in Mexico and the Philippines.

"This case further demonstrates the sound partnership between the U.S. Marshals Service, the United States Attorney’s Office and our local and state law enforcement partners”," said U.S. Marshal John Kammerzell.

The Adam Walsh Task Force continues sex offender enforcement operations in the state of Colorado. U.S. Marshals and CBI, in partnership with Colorado Crime Stoppers, have created the Colorado “Most Wanted” Top 100 Sex Offenders website which displays the name, photo and information of fugitive sex offenders wanted in Colorado.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating these fugitives. Callers can anonymously report the information to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.

Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may qualify for a cash reward.

To view the “Top 100” please visit their website by clicking on the link provided below.

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  • by Becky Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 12, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    To Linda, I, as a mother who has lived thru the abuse of a sex offender; who continues to help her children survive the sexual attacks, and abuse they suffered. Who continues to mourn for the loss of her children's innocence that can never be returned. I am thankful for the arrests. I can't even imagine, the number of children that have just been saved. One offender often have NUMEROUS victims. You do the math!
  • by j Location: cs on Jul 10, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    ....just so they can release them later on. what a stupid cycle!
  • by Linda Location: Tulsa, OK on Jul 9, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    Turd polishing: The act of trying to make something hopelessly weak and unattractive appear strong and appealing. An impossible process that usually results in a larger, uglier turd. This is actually a very accurate description of amending this law. Every individual is painted with the same brush. OMG! What a messed up system. "We have banished them from our cities and towns, from their jobs and have made life so miserable that many abscond because they have been legislated out of homes and jobs. They are compelled to flee rather than be treated as sub-human. Enough is enough.
  • by Valerie Location: Florida on Jul 9, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    Hey looks like we got our monies worth on this one..keep up the pressure on the very agencies we have long paid good money to do their jobs..they have alot to make up for..there are many more where these bad guys come from..
  • by Dave Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    I'm more worried about the 21 PERPS who returned from Mexico AFTER being deported for the same thing - obviously, these are serial criminals, and deporting them ISN'T going to do the job - thank you SO much for the creeps in our Government (not local cops) who do NOTHING to these people, deport them, and let them come back here, not protecting our borders ! YOU guys are just as guilty as the perps. A genuine Thank you to our Police however. Thank you.
  • by MGR on Jul 8, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    Good job to all those agencies involved in arresting those scum bags. My concern is, that this seems to me like an annual round up, and I think there should be a little more consistency and routine checks made.
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