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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 25, 2011 William Taylor, Senior Inspector
Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator (937) 225-2917;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Dayton, Ohio Area Sex Offender has 2 Year Vacation in Cancun Ended by Deputy U.S. Marshals

Dayton, OH – U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer announce  the arrest of Kenneth Wade Rachal, a sex offender wanted on outstanding warrants for federal violations of the Adam Walsh Act. Rachal was arrested in Cancun Mexico after getting off a plane flight from France by Mexican Federal Police and U.S. Marshals assigned to the Mexico field office.

Rachal, age 29, was being sought on a warrant issued by the Federal Court in Dayton Ohio for Violation of the Adam Walsh Act after he fled the U.S. for Mexico in 2009, without registering as a sex offender.  He was also already wanted for local charges of failure to register and for violating his Ohio Parole. Rachal was on Parole because of his 2005 conviction in Greene County for attempted gross sexual imposition of a child under 13.

Investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office in Dayton were assigned to the case and quickly learned Rachal had fled to Cancun Mexico where he continued to hide out masquerading as a Mexican Citizen.  Leads and requests for assistance were sent to the U.S. Marshals Service Mexico Field Office and they began cooperating with Mexican authorities in the investigation.

On March 24, 2011, Rachal was apprehended after returning on a flight from Paris France to Cancun Mexico. Rachal continued to claim he was a Mexican Citizen, but records located in the U.S. proved otherwise.

Rachal has been deported from Mexico and will be returned to Dayton, Ohio, by the U.S. Marshals to answer to a violation of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 as well as parole violation and violation of Ohio sex offender registration laws.

Senior Inspector William Taylor, with the US Marshals said “We will take all necessary steps, go as far as we need and work as long as we have to, to get these offenders brought before the court. It is important that the offenders know we will hold them accountable for their registration requirements and we are diligent in our efforts. The safety of our communities demands nothing less”.

Rachal faces a sentence in federal court of up to ten years for failure to comply with the Adam Walsh Act by keeping his registration as a sex offender current.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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