Jun 11, 2010 3:51 PM by Greg Boyce
The U.S. Marshal is looking for Front Range sex offenders with the help of more than 80 state, local and federal agencies. The project is called "Operation Shepherd 2010."
"'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", said 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.
It officially started on June 1, with law enforcement agencies simultaneously conducting unannounced compliance checks throughout the state. 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 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, Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Marshals", stated McCann.
Currently, the arrests made by the participating agencies during the operation include: Failure to Register, Internet Exploitation of a Child, and Sexual Assault on a Child.
A complete list of the Colorado "Most Wanted" Top 100 Sex Offenders is available online.
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.