Diplomatic Security Service Agents Help Locate and Arrest Seattle Fugitive in the Philippines

Press Statement
Washington, DC
March 13, 2013

Faces Charges Relating to Sexual Offender Registration

U.S. fugitive Earl Lynn Bagley was deported to the United States from Manila, Philippines, and taken into federal custody last week, following a three-month investigation by special agents of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. Department of State. Bagley was wanted for failure to register and update his sexual offender registration, initiated by his conviction of possession of child pornography in Seattle, Washington, in 2004, and earlier criminal sexual offenses involving minors in California.

In November 2012, the Seattle Resident Office of the Diplomatic Security Service was contacted by the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Task Force for assistance in locating and apprehending Bagley. Seattle DSS special agents assigned to the Task Force contacted the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the DSS Assistant Regional Security Officer - Investigator (ARSO-I) in Manila to request assistance in revoking Bagley’s U.S. Passport and locating him in the Manila area.

Due to the outstanding warrant for his arrest, Bagley’s U.S. passport was revoked. As a result, the ARSO-I, working closely with Philippine Bureau of Immigration Office, located and arrested Bagley on February 2, 2013, in Manila.

“This case demonstrates Diplomatic Security’s commitment to working with our worldwide law enforcement partners to investigate these crimes and help bring these criminals to justice no matter where in the world they may be,” said Dean Shear, Special Agent-in-Charge of the San Francisco Field Office, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which has responsibility for DSS involvement in this case.

Subsequently Bagley was transported by authorities to a detention center in Manila where he remained until his deportation to the United States. Bagley will be transported from Los Angeles to the Seattle Federal Courthouse to appear before a Federal Magistrate in the coming weeks.

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 more than 280 diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. For additional information about the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, visit 2009-2017.state.gov/m/ds.

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