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    Media Release
    News Release No. 40
    For Immediate Release: November 4, 2011


         STATE & FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKE CONTACT WITH
                        HUNDREDS OF VIRGINIA’S
       CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS TO SAFEGUARD TRICK-OR-TREATERS
                Largest Joint Sex Offender Registry Verification Effort in State’s History

    RICHMOND – On Halloween night, teams of U.S. Marshals and Virginia State Police troopers canvassed
    neighborhoods across the Metro-Richmond, Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia regions to validate the
    residential addresses of hundreds of convicted, violent sex offenders. Of the more than 500 residences
    checked during Operation Halloween Verification, law enforcement was able to confirm the addresses of all but
    about a hundred. Monday night’s operation is the single largest joint Sex Offender Registry verification
    operation in Virginia’s history.

    “Virginia is fortunate to have the level of professionalism and dedication demonstrated by our Virginia State
    Troopers and the U.S. Marshals Service in their efforts to protect our children when they are out in our
    communities having fun,” said Marla Graff Decker, Secretary of Public Safety. “Children, along with
    accompanying adults, should be able to safely walk through their neighborhoods on Halloween – and every
    night – without the fear of falling victim to a convicted sex offender. This law enforcement operation not only
    added a significant number of officers out on the streets, it enabled us to verify critical information required by
    law. This State Police, Department of Corrections, and U S Marshals Service partnership is yet another
    example of how law enforcement and public safety agencies work together in Virginia to keep our citizens
    safe.”

    State and federal officers knocked on the doors of the residences of 567 convicted violent sex offenders.
    Authorities were able to verify the accuracy of 432 of the addresses. Verification means the sex offender was
    present at the residence and provided proof of living there when the unannounced visits were made by police.
    State troopers are still following up on the remaining addresses to validate the residential information provided
    by the convicted offenders. State law requires state police to conduct on-site verifications of all convicted sex
    offenders every six months.

    In addition, State Police, the Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service of the
    Eastern District of Virginia teamed up Nov. 2, 2011, to locate and arrest an additional 24 wanted, convicted sex
    offenders on 36 warrants in the City of Richmond and counties of Henrico and Fairfax. The 24 violent and non-
    violent offenders taken into custody Wednesday were all wanted for at least one count of providing false
    information or failing to register as required by state law (Code of Virginia 18.2-472.1 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-
    bin/legp604.exe?000+cod+18.2-472.1).

    “The United States Marshals Service was proud to be a team member with the Virginia State Police, in such a
    vital law enforcement role to keep our children and communities safe,” said Robert “Bobby” Mathieson, U.S.
    Marshal of the Eastern District of Virginia. “This was a tremendous team effort put forth by all agencies
    involved and we look forward to our continued working relationship with the state police on future endeavors.”


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    “The message is clear: if you are in violation of the sex offender registry, the Virginia State Police will arrest
    you,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The numerous arrests made and
    the verifications completed as a result of both of these operations is a credit to the cooperation and additional
    manpower of fellow state and federal agencies involved that made this operation so successful.”

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Statewide        Richmond          Culpeper     Appomattox      Wytheville      Chesapeake      Salem/Roanoke   Fairfax
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