A sex offender from Jamestown who fled to Staunton, Va. without notifying authorities was picked up recently as local authorities teamed up with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Stanley H. Carlson, 55, was taken into custody by Virginia State Police and Augusta County Sheriff's deputies on June 25, after law enforcement officials learned that he skipped town.
The arrest is just one of several pending in conjunction with the operation that saw U.S. Marshals team up with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and the Jamestown, Ellicott and Lakewood-Busti police departments over the past two months.
Stanley H. Carlson
"The U.S. Marshals approached us in May with a detail to check on the status of every sex offender in Chautauqua County," said JPD Cap. Robert Samuelson. "We learned that Mr. Carlson had left the area and despite the registration requirements of being a level 2 sex offender, he never contacted law enforcement. Based on conversations we had with people who knew him, we tracked him down in Virginia where he was working in a retail outlet."
Carlson previously served federal time after being convicted of possessing child pornography. His last registered address in the city of Jamestown was a Prendergast Avenue apartment. He is currently being held on a charge in Virginia for failing to register as a sex offender, but he may be charged federally in conjunction with the Adam Walsh Act, which is named after the late son of John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted.
The partnership with the U.S. Marshals was beneficial to local police for a number of reasons, Samuelson explained.
"We checked more than 200 sex offenders throughout the county and what we found was that most of them were living in compliance with the law," he said. "The detail also gave us an opportunity to get out there and actually see who these people are and what they are up to."
Samuelson said that several warrants have been issued for other sex offenders who were not living at the address they registered with their local law enforcement agency. Their names are not being released as they are currently being pursued by the U.S. Marshals.
Anyone with information about a sex offender who isn't complying with the law can report the situation to their local law enforcement agency.
Citizens looking for information about local level 2 and 3 sex offenders can visit criminaljustice.state.ny.us.