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Colorado “Most Wanted” Top 100 Sex Offenders Sweep Kicks Off

Contact: USMS Headquarters Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065

U.S. Marshals have partnered with Crime Stoppers and over 80 state, local and federal agencies throughout Colorado for “Operation Shepherd 2010”.  Police need the public’s help in locating these fugitive sex offenders. A total of 85 state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have joined forces to conduct the largest sex offender fugitive and compliance operation in Colorado. Multi-agency response teams will be out in force during the sweep, conducting compliance checks and targeting sex offender fugitives in the Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo areas and throughout Colorado.

“Operation Shepherd 2010 combines our law enforcement resources to more effectively identify, locate and arrest fugitive sex offenders that fail to comply with state and federal registration laws”, states Ken Deal, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, District of Colorado. The annual sweep, initiated in 2008 by the U.S. Marshals Service – District of Colorado, Adam Walsh Task Force, has resulted in 180 arrests and 3978 compliance checks conducted throughout the State of Colorado.

Shepherd 2010 officially started on June 1, with law enforcement agencies simultaneously conducting unannounced compliance checks throughout the state. “All of our resources are carefully orchestrated during this operation. It’s a complete team effort”, states Deal. The task force has the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to help identify sex offender fugitives wanted on state warrants. Other agencies such as the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC-Parole) target sex offender parolee fugitives, while response teams from I.C.E. Fugitive Operations identify illegal fugitive aliens who are currently wanted or have re-entered after being convicted on sex offenses. Fugitive apprehension teams such as the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the U.S. Marshals - Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group (FLAG) are also ready to respond to leads called in by the public.   

The sweep has so far resulted in 20 arrests, including 56-year-old, Kirk Allan Richardson. Richardson was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service, Oregon Fugitive Task Force, after leads were developed by the Fugitive Location and Apprehension Group (FLAG) in Colorado. Richardson was suspected of sexually assaulting a Colorado woman at knife point. He was wanted in Colorado for Sex Assault by Force, Felony Menacing, Assault, Failure to Appear on 2 counts of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, 2 counts of Defrauding Creditors, Computer Crimes, Theft and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Gerard McCann, (FLAG Task Force Coordinator). Richardson was convicted in California in 1980 for Rape in the First Degree and Assault with a Deadly Weapon when he raped a woman, hitting her on the head with a hammer prior to sexually assaulting her. “The location and arrest of this dangerous sex offender fugitive was the result of the cooperation between Aurora Police Department – Fugitive Apprehension and Surveillance Team (FAST), Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Marshals”, stated McCann.

Currently, the arrests made by the participating agencies during Shepherd 2010 include: Failure to Register (8), Internet Exploitation of a Child (5), Sexual Assault on a Child (1), Sexual Assault by Force (1), Illegal Alien Convicted of Sexual Crime (4), Sexual Exploitation of Child (1). 

The Colorado “Most Wanted” Top 100 Sex Offenders was created in partnership with Colorado Crime Stoppers and CBI in 2008. These fugitives have proven to be the most elusive and dangerous if not located. The public’s assistance is needed to locate and arrest them.

A complete list of the Colorado “Most Wanted” Top 100 Sex Offenders is available to the public through these websites:

http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/co/index.html

http://sor.state.co.us/

http://www.metro-denvercrimestoppers.com/cs_most.html

http://www.coloradostatecrimestoppers.com/Top_100.pdf

Please contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline: 1-800-222-TIPS, to anonymously report any information on these fugitives. Leads reported to Crime Stoppers that lead to an arrest may qualify for a reward.