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U.S. Marshals take several Megan's Law offenders into custody as part of operation

Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 03:35 PM CST
Information provided by the U.S. Marshal's Service:

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of nine people as part of on-going Operation Safety Net, a program designed to identify and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements.  The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 designated the United States Marshals Service (USMS) as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest these offenders.

In 2010, the United States Marshals Service in the Middle District of Pennsylvania initiated a program to verify the home addresses of Megan’s Law registrants, and to arrest those found to be out of compliance with their registration requirements.  Since that time, the USMS – and its partners in the USMS Fugitive Task Force – performed more than 5,000 unannounced compliance checks within the 33 counties that comprise the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and arrested more than 100 sex offenders who failed to comply with Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. 

In February of 2014, the USMS focused its efforts on assisting state and local law enforcement agencies to locate fugitives wanted for existing Megan’s Law violations.  The USMS dedicated resources to investigate their whereabouts and apprehension, to include the following:

•    On January 23, 2014, in preparation for the operation, Deputy Marshals learned that fugitive Mark Porter was likely at a home in Bucks County and arrested him without incident.  On November 22, 2013, Porter was charged by the Lebanon Police Department with violating Megan’s Law after Lebanon officers learned that he no longer resided at his registered address.   Porter was required to register after a Delaware in 2000 conviction for Unlawful Sexual Contact.

•    On February 10, 2014, fugitive Roderick Brooks surrendered to Dauphin County Adult Probation authorities after Deputy Marshals interviewed several of his friends and family members.  On November 27, 2013, authorities in Dauphin County issued an arrest warrant charging Brooks with Megan’s Law violations.  Brooks was required to register after a Georgia conviction in 2002 for Child Molestation.

•    On February 24, 2014, at the request of the USMS, Canadian law enforcement officers arrested fugitive Pellegrino Fiore in Montreal, Quebec.  On January 16, 2014, the Greensburg Police Department (Westmoreland County) charged Fiore with Indecent Assault by Forcible Compulsion.  On February 5, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police in Jonestown (Lebanon County) charged Fiore with violations of Megan’s Law after they learned he no longer lived at his registered address in Lebanon County.  The USMS investigation determined that Fiore fled to Canada.  Fiore was required to register after a Pennsylvania conviction in 2009 for Attempted Unlawful Contact or Communication with Minor.  Fiore remains under federal investigation by the USMS for federal violations of the Adam Walsh Act.

•    On February 26, 2014, Deputy Marshals arrested fugitive Daniel Williams in San Diego, California.  On August 2, 2013, the Hellam Township Police Department (York County) issued an arrest warrant charging Williams with Megan’s Law violations.  Williams was required to register after a Pennsylvania conviction in 2010 for Indecent Assault.

United States Marshal Pane said, “These coordinated efforts between the U.S. Marshals and state and local police agencies to address the problem of unregistered sex offenders have been ongoing for several years.  They will continue in the future, so offenders should know that if they violate Megan’s Law, they will be discovered, arrested and prosecuted.”
U.S. Marshals take several Megan's Law offenders into custody as part of operation


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