Four Illinois residents were arrested on March 26 for failing to register as sex offenders with state and local officials. The arrests were part of a larger, three-year U.S. Marshals Service operation known as 'Operation Guardian" focused on sexual offender registration. In total, the operation has led to the arrest of 345 people who had failed to register as sex offenders.
In Southern Illinois, the operation led to the arrest of a man wanted on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four counts of possession of child pornography. The man had been wanted by the Massac County Sheriff's Department since 2002. Federal and local officials learned that he had relocated to Wyoming and was using the name of a deceased man. When he was arrested, police found a book on how to change one's identity.