Five teenage girls were rescued and over two dozen sex offenders arrested in an operation led by the US Marshals in cooperation with local law enforcement.
17 of the arrested suspects are accused of sexual offender registration violations.
In a press release last week, the agency explained that five girls ranging from the ages of 14 to 17 were saved during “Operation Boo Dat,” which stretched between mid-October to late December.
Among those arrested were a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in New Orleans and another was accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Texas.
Fox News noted that the Marshals worked with the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and USMS New Orleans Task Force.
One of the rescued girls had run away from home after stealing a relative’s car and handgun and was living with several adults, including a strip club dancer.
Two of the girls were sisters aged 15 and 16 and “may be victims of adult(s’) felony criminal sexual activities,” the press release noted.
“During Operation Boo Dat over one hundred sex offender compliance checks were also attempted or completed in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes,” the release stated.
“Sex Offender compliance checks require law enforcement officers to go to the sex offender’s reported address of residence to verify that the person still lives at the provided address. Often countless hours of follow up investigative work are required during and after a compliance check.”
Since 2005, the U.S. Marshals have saved over 2,000 missing children, and recover roughly 75% of the missing children cases they receive.
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