More than 1,100 people wanted for violent sex crimes have been arrested in a weeklong roundup of fugitives, the Justice Department said today, reports the Associated Press. The arrests were part of “Operation Falcon II,” a nationwide effort timed to coincide with National Victims Rights Week. This year’s focus was on sex offenders, who Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has made a priority in his 15 months at the Justice Department.
There were 1,102 arrests of people wanted for violent sex crimes April 17-23 by federal, state, and local authorities, the largest number ever captured in a single law enforcement operation, the department said. Last year’s sweep netted more than 10,000 fugitives, 10 times the average in a week, but 1 percent of the 1 million fugitives in the FBI’s database.