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.