Loren Clayton Oulman was like many American expatriates looking for a fresh start in Asia.He ran website ads in Korea and China, offering his services as a teacher or consultant.He lived in Cambodia and traveled to India, Bangkok and Myanmar, searching for opportunities.
Thanks to his Internet ads and a new international initiative, the U. Marshals Service captured Oulman in January and, last week, returned him to a cell in Minnesota. "Here, and in other countries." Of the estimated 750,000 convicted sex offenders in the United States, as many as 125,000 have failed to register, Moran said.
He had spent more than a year abroad and been featured on "America's Most Wanted." Oulman, 72, is one of a several known sex offenders who have fled Minnesota for other countries, according to the Marshals Service -- just some of the thousands across the country who evade monitoring. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 makes failure to register a federal crime.
Investigators hope a new initiative, dubbed "Project Sentinel/Operation Guardian," helps make foreign soil less of a haven for U. Operation Guardian targets the five most dangerous "noncompliant" sex offenders in each Marshals Service district, as identified by state and local officials.
Oulman had been on the run for nearly two years -- and spent at least a year in Southeast Asia.
"There is quite the trend of these guys fleeing the country," Moran said, adding that two known Minnesota offenders are in Mexico, one is in Canada, another is in Cambodia and one man is believed to have fled to Sweden. He was first convicted of sexually molesting a juvenile in Anoka County in 1982, officials say.
His most recent crime involved using the free Wi-fi at a Roseville Dunn Bros.
coffee shop to look at child pornography on his laptop computer.
"I have a tendency to look at inappropriate things," he told the Dunn Bros.
manager when confronted, the criminal complaint said.