Montana tribes aid sex offender registration cases
Tribes in Montana are helping the U.S. Marshals Service investigate sex offenders who fail to register with state and tribal governments.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 includes the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The law punishes sex offenders who fail to register with state and tribal governments.

Since 2007, the U.S. Marshals Service has investigated about 125 referrals from reservations in Montana, The Billings Gazette reported. Of those, 40 cases have resulted in convictions.

“A lot of times, offenders see the reservation as a safe haven, but now we can still charge them,” Chief U.S. Marshals Deputy Rod Ostermiller told the paper. “There is no safe haven.”

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