(KMOV)— An operation in the Southern District of Illinois has helped keep sex offenders in check.
United States Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, Don Slazinik, announced Monday that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) led an operation to ensure more than 2,200 convicted and registered sex offenders within the 38 counties comprising the Southern District of Illinois were in compliance with the law.
The USMS operation, Operation TALON, took place throughout July, August, and September of this year.
The main goal of Operation TALON was to conduct compliance checks of all sex offenders living within each of those counties. The checks helped determine whether or not the sex offenders were following court or parole officers’ orders.
Sex offenders who were non-compliant or missing are being considered for prosecution by each county’s State’s Attorney’s Office for state violations or the U.S. Attorney’s Office for violation of the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006” and other federal laws.
So far, Operation TALON has arrested 20 individuals for criminal violations. Among the 20 arrests, 6 were for sexual offenses, including Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography, and Sexual Assault of an Adult. A total of 6 subjects have been identified as accessing or possessing child pornography and are under investigation for those offenses.
One incident involved a registered sex offender in Fayette County, who was found to be living in a residence with his girlfriend and her 3 children. This was in violation of conditions of his parole.
During Operation TALON, the USMS worked with other law enforcement agencies including the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Department of Corrections, sheriff’s departments of the 38 counties comprising the federal Southern District of Illinois, and various municipalities within those counties.