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July 27, 2011 DUSM James Badway, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2344
On-Line Love Lands Sex Offender in Jail

Albuquerque, NM – United States Marshals for the District of New Mexico arrested David Gullans, 63, a fugitive and sex offender. Gullans was wanted in Lee County, Florida, for Failure to Register. In 1997, Gullans was convicted of sexual battery on a child. That 1997 conviction required Gullans to register as a sex offender for life.

In April, Gullans left his registered address in Fort Myers, Florida, without informing authorities and drove his mobile home across the country to New Mexico. Investigators from the U.S. Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, developed leads that Gullans was living in New Mexico. On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force in Albuquerque located and arrested Gullans at a recreational vehicle park in western Albuquerque. Gullans told investigators that he moved to New Mexico about a month ago and that he drove his mobile home across the country towing his vehicle behind him to be with a man he fell in love with on-line. District of New Mexico, United States Marshal, Conrad E. Candelaria, stated “the arrest of Fugitive Gullans by Marshals in the District of New Mexico is a testament to the level of commitment that the Marshals Service will continue to pursue all sexual predators because the safety of all children is and will always remain a priority for the Marshals Service.”

Gullans was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center and is currently awaiting his initial court appearance and extradition.

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

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