Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Virginia State Police and Virginia Administration Allow US Marshall’s to Take Over Routine RSO Residency Checks That Create Public Spectacle

…and yet again (April 28th) US Marshal’s are knocking on the doors of compliant Virginia Registered Sex Offenders (RSO), instead of the Virginia State Police who is the official monitor and manager of our RSO’s. 

The RSO’s are NOT wanted, they aren’t absconded, they aren’t under investigation for non-compliance AND worse of all they weren’t all Federally prosecuted. These are Virginians, most likely convicted in Virginia with a few out-of-state exceptions.  

Per Virginia law the Virginia State Police is obligated to do two residence checks per year for Virginia’s RSO’s. 

US Marshal’s have NO BUSINESS doing Virginia Residency checks! They should be done by the VSP Trooper or VSP Compliance Officer who is assigned to the RSO, that the RSO already knows.  

Any RSO who is Non-Compliant, Wanted or Missing/Absconded deserves US Marshal involvement, but RSO's who are simply under VSP and VA-DOC supervision, do NOT! 

For US Marshal’s to jump in and do spot checks on compliant RSO's is a waste of Federal resources and every time they do these "sweeps" they send out a media report (like the below one) to hype up the fact that RSO's are in our communities and we should fear them all.  

Virginia is NOT Federal Adam Walsh Act compliant it would cost millions of dollars (in 2012 the estimate by VSCC was $13 Mil) to only save $100,000-$250,000 (10% of Federal Byrne Grant) to be AWA certified and yet the US Marshal’s toss around the Adam Walsh Act in their press releases. 

These intimating and unnecessary displays of force by Federal US Marshal’s against Virginians who are NOT wanted or absconded keeps these citizens from ever being able to successfully become contributing members of society because their neighbors, family, co-workers and employers see such a public operation and add more distance because they are embarrassed and their fear has been re-elevated, for no justified reason. 

But who cares, they’re just Sex Offenders! 

Shame on you Virginia State Police and the Virginia Administration for allowing the US Marshal’s to commander the States duty and create more barriers for former-offenders who are just trying to successfully re-enter society and provide for their families. 

Mary Devoy 

Operation “Caretaker” – Sex Offender Compliance

Alexandria, VA - U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson announces the results from Operation “Caretaker,” an operation targeting sex offender registry compliance in Fairfax County. The U.S. Marshals Service in partnership with the Virginia State Police (VSP) began the operation early Saturday morning.

Upon conviction of specific violent and sexual offenses, the state and federal courts may require an offender to register as a sex offender with any state in which the convicted person resides, works or attends school. If the convicted person does not register or does not keep their registration up to date with the most current of required information (address, employer, etc.), then the state may seek to investigate and prosecute the person on the criminal charge of failure to register as a sex offender. The U.S. Marshals become involved in the investigation and prosecution of alleged non-compliant sex offenders when the offender’s original offense had been prosecuted in the federal judicial system.

Operation “Caretaker” ended shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday. USMS and VSP successfully verified the compliance status for 135 of the 179 sex offenders. Our mission did not conclude on Saturday. Our next step is to investigate the 44 unsuccessful verifications extensively. Furthermore, the U.S. Marshals will support, investigate and seek prosecution of the non-compliant offenders in accordance with the Adam Walsh Act.

Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry can be accessed at http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/index.html. “The registry, including the Public Notification Database, is based on the Virginia General Assembly's decision to facilitate access to publicly-available information about persons convicted of specified violent and sexual offenses. The Virginia State Police has not considered or assessed the specific risk of re-offense with regard to any individual prior to his or her inclusion within this registry, and has made no determination that any individual included in the registry is currently dangerous. The main purpose of providing this data on the internet is to make the information more easily available and accessible, not to warn citizens about any specific individual.” For more information on the Virginia State Police, please visit their website. www.VSP.Virginia.gov.

The U.S. Marshals Service has three key missions under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006: (1) to assist state, local, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of noncompliant sex offenders; (2) to investigate violations of the criminal provisions of the Adam Walsh Act; and (3) to identify and locate displaced sex offenders resulting from a major disaster. In fiscal year 2015, the USMS arrested more than 11,700 sex offenders, 33,300 federal fugitives and 66,300 state and local fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at