The United States Marshals Service headed a multiagency effort called “Operation Dunder Mifflin” to verify addresses of registered sex offenders in Scranton, Pennsylvania, CNN reported Saturday.
The operation was apparently named after the television show, The Office, that is set in a fictional paper company with the name Dunder Mifflin and located in Scranton.
Operation Dunder Mifflin – an effort to verify the registered addresses of convicted sex offenders – resulted in 13 offenders found to be in violation of sex offender registration laws – nine were arrested and four are sought for the violations: https://t.co/wyCJfz1Bkg
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In a press release Monday, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the results of the operation:
Between August 2nd and September 17th, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) coordinated with the Scranton Police Department – supported by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Megan’s Law Section – to verify the registered home addresses of 219 registered sex offenders living in and around Scranton. Thirteen of these offenders were found to be in violation of sex offender registration laws – nine were arrested and four are sought for the violations.
Eight of those arrested were men and one was a woman.
The persons were previously convicted of crimes ranging from indecent assault, sexual abuse of children, statutory rape, corruption of minors, sexual abuse, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
Pane said, “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 designated the USMS as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their Megan’s Law requirements.”
“It’s a mission that receives top priority and constant attention within our agency,” he continued.
Scranton Chief of Police Leonard A. Namiotka added, “This joint operation was successful in ensuring those required to register remain compliant and those who are in violation are brought before the court to answer for their non-compliance.”
“The cooperation between the Scranton Police Department and our law enforcement partners is paramount in making our community safe for all citizens,” he noted.
Those with information about the four being sought for violations or other fugitives were asked to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.