Federal Marshals get involved AFTER state reports a registrant is in violation of the state registry laws.10-10-2013 Kentucky:
The U.S. Marshals are assisting Boyle County Sheriff’s Office in locating a non-compliant sex offender wanted in connection with up to 50 burglaries and home invasions in the area.
The Registered Sex Offender Compliance Unit discovered Edwin Wayne Riley, 35, was no longer living at his registered address, which is a class D felony and punishable by one to five years in prison.
He was originally convicted of third-degree rape of a 14-year-old child.
Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott said Riley is suspected to be involved in up to 50 burglaries and home invasions under investigation in Boyle County, Danville, Harrodsburg and along Lake Herrington.
Elliott said the U.S. Marshals were called under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. By failing to reside at the registered address, it is a felony under the law, and allows federal officers to become involved.
“They have resources that local law enforcement and even state law enforcement don't have to do that,” Elliott said. “This (Walsh Act) allows them to become involved at a federal level. Now they're involved in assisting and locating him.”
Elliott said Riley’s whereabouts remain unknown.
“We've had a lot of tips we're looking into and checking out, but so far we haven't found him in the county,” he said.
Elliott said if Riley were to cross state lines, more parties could become involved.
“If he crosses state lines, that’s a little bit different because he’s a non-compliant sex offender,” he said. “The feds could really become involved if he leaves the state.”
Riley is suspected to be armed and dangerous.
“In some of the break-ins weapons have been taken, and we haven’t been able to recover them,” he said.
Elliott said officials are also looking for another unidentified male in connection to the same break-ins. ..Source.. by Kyle Woosley