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July 22, 2014

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Sex offender sweep culminates in 345 arrests

U.S. Marshals in Nevada and Las Vegas Valley law enforcement were part of a nationwide effort that ended Tuesday to put 345 sex offenders behind bars.

Marshals across the country worked with state and local officials to identify and locate nonregistering sex offenders under Operation Guardian, U.S. Marshals Service officials said. The operation focused on offenders who had victimized children.

Among the many who were arrested, District of Nevada U.S. Marshals and a Las Vegas police task force were responsible for apprehending David Sherant, a wanted sex offender from Utah.

Sherant, 31, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in 2000, officials said. After he was released, he absconded parole and failed to register as a sex offender. Las Vegas SOAP Task Force officers discovered that Sherant had been hiding in Las Vegas, passing himself off as 18-year-old Mikey Miller, officials said.

Police arrested Sherant on Oct. 3.

The U.S. Marshals of Nevada and its Fugitive Investigative Strike Team has made an average of 742 arrests in each of the past six years, according to District of Nevada U.S. Marshals assistant chief deputy Javier Jimenez.

Approximately 100 of those arrests each year are for sex offense-related crimes, Jimenez added.

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