TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Operation Yellow Banks
Date of News Release: 05/16/2012
(Henderson, KY) -- From May 21st to May 25th, 2012, the United States Marshals Service, in partnership with the Kentucky State Police, Owensboro Police Department, Henderson Police Department, Daviess Co Sheriff's Office, Henderson Co Sheriff's Office, and Kentucky State Probation and Parole, will launch "Operation Yellow Banks"; a sex offender compliance initiative aimed at verifying 100% of the sex offender registry in both Daviess and Henderson Counties. This operation will be conducted in furtherance of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and will focus on ensuring compliance with the registry and tracking down those offenders deemed non-compliant. The total number of sex offenders currently registered in Daviess County is 138, and the total number of offenders currently registered in Henderson County is 76. In advance of this operation, the United States Marshals Service and its partners would encourage all registered offenders to ensure that they are compliant with their registry obligations and that their information is up to date to avoid being deemed non-compliant.
Background on the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006:
On July 27, 2006, a new federal law was enacted which establishes strict new criminal penalties for sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements. Pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, people who have been convicted of sex offenses are required to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction(s) where they live, work, and go to school, and, in many cases, also in the jurisdiction(s) where they were convicted.
Sex offenders who fail to register, or keep their registrations current, may be subject to up to ten years imprisonment, and up to 30 years imprisonment if they commit a crime of violence while non-compliant (see 18 U.S.C. § 2250). The statute may apply to people who:
- Have been convicted of a sex offense under state, local, or foreign law;
- Are on notice of their duty to register;
- Are not currently registered where they live, work, and go to school; and
- Have traveled across state or international borders, or have entered, left, or resided in Indian country after their conviction;
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- Have been convicted of a sex offense under federal, military, District of Columbia, tribal, or U.S. territorial law;
- Are on notice of their duty to register; and
- Are not currently registered where they live, work, and go to school.
In most jurisdictions, non-compliant sex offenders may also be charged under applicable state, local, tribal, or territorial law. Please contact your jurisdiction's sex offender registry, or the law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing your jurisdiction's registration laws, for additional information.
United States Marshals Service Sex Offender Apprehension Program
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 provides that "In order to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children …" the "Attorney General shall use the resources of Federal law enforcement, including the United States Marshals Service, to assist jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements."
The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) has three distinct missions pursuant to the Act:
- Assist state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant sex offenders;
- Investigate violations of 18 USC § 2250 and related offenses (see reverse); and
- Assist in the identification and location of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster.
The USMS serves as the lead federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating sex offender registration violations under the Act, and continues to assist federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitive sex offenders through its network of interagency fugitive task forces.
To perform these duties effectively and to avoid duplication of effort, the USMS works closely with its law enforcement counterparts, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Department of Justice Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) Office.
For additional information, please contact your local U.S. Marshals Service office, or visit www.usmarshals.gov.