The US Marshals Service announced Tuesday that as part of a two-month investigation, multiple task forces have recovered eight missing and endangered children and arrested 18 sex offenders in Louisiana.
According to a news release, Operations “Return of the School Year” and “No Saints and Sinners 2021” took place in the New Orleans area from August 1 to September 30, as part of two US Marshals Task Forces. They also exposed several sex offenders involving children, the statement said.
“This was another example of results that can be accomplished with continued law enforcement teamwork,” said US Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Scott Illing. “Much of this work was also completed while dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in the New Orleans metro area.”
According to the US Marshals, six others were also arrested in the operation, including three adult men with warrants for sexual battery on a 7-year-old girl, two counts of producing child porn on a 14-year-old girl . and rising rape and kidnapping charges, which took place in 1989, respectively.
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According to the news release, Roman E. Baylor, a lifelong registered sex offender from Delaware, was convicted of two prior felony sex-based convictions with juveniles. Baylor, who wanted to cut off his electronic monitor and escape his Delaware probation, was found in August unregistered in a high drug-trafficking area in New Orleans.
According to the news release, three children returned during the operation and the Marshal Service found three others. The investigation led to a recovery in Phoenix, where a teenage girl was on her way to Las Vegas to meet an older man she had met on the Internet.
Several allegations of human sex trafficking of minors were uncovered in the two-month operation. Three police departments in the New Orleans metro area, three sheriff’s offices across the state, and state police and the Department of Child and Family Services assisted the FBI and US Marshals in the investigation.