Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CBI Partners with Multiple Agencies to Arrest Sex Offenders & Child Predators

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation participated in two multi-agency operations that aimed to make Colorado safer by locating un-registered sex offenders and identifying sexual predators in a number of Colorado communities.

19 Arrested in Sex Offender Roundup
Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a four-day operation in an effort to locate sex offenders who have failed to register in the Denver metro area. CBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, Colorado State Patrol, and multiple law enforcement partners  arrested 19 individuals on more than 30 outstanding warrants during “Operation Spring Cleanup” May 4-7, 2017.

Several significant arrests took place during the four-day sweep, including the arrest of Linc Blair in Aurora on May 6. Blair was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Blair has a lengthy arrest history including arrests for attempted sex assault on a child and resisting arrest.

“The efforts of the 50 law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to identify and locate sex offenders who have failed to register in this operation shows the commitment of our teams to help safeguard our communities through shared resources and extraordinary collaboration,” said CBI Director Mike Rankin.

This is the first large-scale, multi-jurisdictional operation coordinated by the US Marshals Service and the CBI to locate wanted sex offenders this year. Similar operations are planned in the near future.

Participating Agencies in the Operation:
• Colorado Bureau of Investigation
• Colorado State Patrol
• Lakewood Police Department
• Thornton Police Department
• U.S. Marshals Service—Denver
• U.S. Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General
• Westminster Police Department
•Assistance from several other Denver-area law enforcement agencies

Western Slope Child Predator Operation Nets Multiple Arrests
On March 30, 2017, CBI Agent James Fuller assisted fellow federal, state and local law enforcement with "Operation Predator Strike" on the Western Slope. The focus of the operation was to identify sexual predators.

During the operation, law enforcement (acting in an undercover capacity) used social media to place online ads offering sexual encounters/prostitution with underage children. Additional communication with the suspects provided confirmation the suspects thought they would be meeting with underage juveniles for the purposes of sexual contact in exchange for money or items of value, including drugs and/or alcohol.

Suspects were offered to meet with the “juveniles” at an area motel to consummate the illicit act. In anticipation of the suspect’s arrival, surveillance and arrest teams were established to gather additional evidence and secure the arrest of the suspects.

The operation netted three arrests in Montrose. All of the suspects were charged with Internet Luring, Solicitation of a Child Prostitute, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Patronizing a Child Prostitute and Pandering of a Child.

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