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Diplomatic Security Helps Locate and Return Fugitive Sex Offender to the United States


Press Statement
San Francisco, Calif
June 23, 2011

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service, has helped locate and return to Salinas, California, convicted sex offender Mark Alan Phillips from the Philippines to the United States.

Phillips is wanted in the State of California for failure to file a change of address for a registered sex offender, having previously been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

The Monterey County District Attorney's office contacted Diplomatic Security’s San Francisco Field Office on May 14, 2011, to request assistance in locating and apprehending Phillips after he had reportedly fled to the Philippines. Phillips has been in the Philippines since 2009.

On June 6, 2011, Special Agents with the DS Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Manila began working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Bureau of Immigrations (BI) to locate the suspect.

The team of investigators soon tracked Phillips down and on June 17, 2011, officers from the PNP and BI, accompanied by a Diplomatic Security Special Agent and an U.S. Embassy investigator, apprehended Phillips without incident in the Bacoor, Cavite region.

On June 23, 2011, a DS special agent and a Philippine law enforcement officer escorted fugitive Mark Alan Phillips to the United States, where he was formally arrested by United States Marshals.

“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Manila maintains an excellent working relationship with local law enforcement personnel who worked with our agents resulting in Phillips capture,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service, “It is this type of close, worldwide law enforcement coordination that gives Diplomatic Security unparalleled ability to locate, pursue and apprehend fugitives.”

The charges against the defendant are only allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.

Contact: James J. Finkle

571.345.2504

Fax: 571.345.2527

finkleJJ@state.gov



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