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4/27/06-Washington, D.C.

Hundreds Of Sex Offense Suspects Caught In Weeklong Federal Sweep

The Justice Department calls it Operation Falcon Two -- a weeklong dragnet that caught what officials say are more than eleven-hundred fugitives wanted for violent sex offenses.

The arrests timed for National Victims Rights Week were made by federal, state and local authorities.

The department says it was the largest number ever captured in a single law enforcement operation.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has made a crackdown on sex offenses a priority of his 15 months at the Justice Department.

Last year's sweep rounded up ten-thousand fugitives. That's ten times the weekly average, but just one percent of the (m) million fugitives in the F-B-I's national database.

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