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Oct 31, 2012 11:35 AM by Ian Cross

9 wanted sex offenders arrested in 'Operation Safe Treat'

TUCSON - Nine wanted sex offenders are now off the streets, thanks to "Operation Safe Treat V," a collaborative effort between Arizona law enforcement targeting non-compliant sex offenders and those wanted for sex-related offenses and crimes against children.

The initiative targeted sex offenders with outstanding felony warrants, performing compliance checks of registered sex offenders, and prosecuting those who have failed to comply with registration requirements, officials with the U.S. Marshals Service stated in a news release.

After performing about 200 compliance checks on Monday and Tuesday, law enforcement officers around the state will continue to perform checks today, the release stated.

"Operation Safe Treat is a combined effort with our partners in law enforcement designed to help safeguard the public against any potential lewd and vicious acts by fugitive sex offenders during the Halloween season," said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. "By arresting these individuals and those who are not in compliance with sex offender registration laws, we can play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our community."

A 38-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after Deputy U.S. Marshals and officers with the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force learned he was living in Tucson. Deputies and officers started surveillance on the home of Dominik Chance, and places he frequented. He was identified and arrested without incident, the release stated.

"To help ensure a safe and pleasant Halloween, parents are encouraged to accompany or make sure a responsible adult accompanies their child as they participate in Halloween activities. Be aware of your surroundings, stay in populated and familiar areas, and report any suspicious behavior to your local police," added U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.

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