US Marshals Service Arrests 30 Child Sex Offenders, Rescues 5 Girls in Massive Bust
'Operation Boo Dat' sees over one hundred sex offender compliance checks
A law enforcement operation in New Orleans has rescued five missing teenagers and arrested 30 child sex offenders, according to authorities.
In a press release, the US Marshals Service said the annual multi-agency initiative dubbed “Operation Boo Dat" arrested 30 pedophiles accused of felony sex offender registration violations
The five of the teenagers were girls ranging between the ages of 14 and 17, the news release said.
Among the arrests was a man wanted for raping a 12-year-old girl victim.
Another was arrested for an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in June in San Patricio County, Texas.
As The New York Post reported:
Of the discoveries of the missing teenage girls, one was a 16-year-old who ran away from her home in Marrero, New Orleans, by allegedly stealing a relative’s car and a handgun, according to the release.
That girl was discovered in a home with “multiple adults including a strip club dancer,” the US Marshals Service said.
The US Marshals stated that two of the discoveries were sisters ages 15 and 16 found in an apartment in Baton Rouge who “may be victims of adult(s) felony criminal sexual activities."
“During Operation Boo Dat, over one hundred sex offender compliance checks were also attempted or completed in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes,” said the US Marshals Service.
“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.”
The US Marshals Service said it carried out the operation along 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.
As The Daily Mail reported:
As part of the operation, Lamonte Versill Morris, 38, was arrested at a home in New Orleans on October 29. His apprehension was previously reported by Corpus Christi, Texas TV station KIII-TV.
He was wanted on a June 2021 warrant from San Patricio County, Texas, for the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, authorities say.
James E. Muse was arrested on November 8 after he failed to report to the probation and parole board for "a considerable amount of time" amid reoccurring allegations that he was involved in sex trafficking, according to the Marshals.
He was on parole for "Enticing Persons Under 17 into Prostitution" in New Orleans.
Seventeen people were arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, which may restrict where a person convicted of sex crimes can live depending on the area.