Nationwide effort nets 345 sex offender arrests

PHOENIX - A nationwide effort by U.S. Marshals netted 345 arrests of convicted sex offenders who reportedly failed to register with their states as required by law.

The three-year initiative targeting some of the country's most dangerous sex offenders ended Tuesday.

The U.S. Marshals Service contributed 129 criminal investigators to the initiative and partnered with Interpol, the Diplomatic Security Service, Customs and Border Protection and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Among those arrested was James K. Jenkins, who reportedly failed to register as a sex offender in Georgia for failing to register as a sex offender after serving three years in prison for raping a 15-year-old girl.

Marshals also arrested Darrell Craig Sinclair in Mexico after he had been wanted by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California for almost 10 years. He'd previously been convicted on eight counts of lewd acts against children.

The U.S. Marshals Service worked with more than 4,800 state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct more than 150,000 compliance checks during the three-year effort.

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