A task force led by U.S. Marshals rescued five missing teenage girls in an operation which resulted in the arrests of 30 sex offenders in the New Orleans area. According to U.S. Marshals “Operation Boo Dat," was conducted between mid-October and Dec. 24, and resulted in the rescue of five teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 17 and the arrests of 30, and 17 who were accused of felony sex offender registration violations.
The operation was conducted in cooperation with the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and USMS New Orleans Task Force.
One man who was arrested is wanted for the rape of a 12-year-old girl near New Orleans and another man was wanted in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in June in Texas.
Among the rescued girls was a 16-year-old girl who ran away from her New Orleans-area home after stealing a relative's car and a handgun. She was eventually found "living with several adults to include an adult female strip club dancer."
Two sisters aged 15 and 16 "may be victims of adult(s') felony criminal sexual activities," according to authorities. Those girls were recovered in a Baton Rouge apartment.
"During Operation Boo Dat over one hundred sex offender compliance checks were also attempted or completed in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes," the press release said. "Sex Offender compliance checks require law enforcement officers to go to the sex offender’s reported address of residence to verify that the person still lives at the provided address. Often countless hours of follow-up investigative work are required during and after a compliance check.