Guam – A man indicted on Guam last February for failing to register as a sex offender has been arrested in the Philippines and brought back to Guam for trial.
According to court documents filed today [Friday], David James Hart was detained by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Officers who located him at Mangaldan, Pangasinan in the Philippines on October 2, without incident.
A team of US Marshals from Guam and the Northern Marianas went to Manila to escort Hart back to Guam and he was placed under arrest at Guam International Airport yesterday when he arrived back on island.
A jury trial for Hart has been scheduled for December 28.
U.S. Marshals Arrest David J. Hart at guam International Airport upon Arrival from Manila, Philippines
Hagatna, Guam – United States Marshals Service Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands arrested David James HART upon arrival at the Guam International Airport Thursday, October 25, 2012.
HART violated the Sex Offender Registry requirements on April 17, 2008. Through United States Marshals Service, Sex Offender investigative inquiries on Guam, it was discovered that HART departed Guam for Manila, Philippines on October 8, 2011. On February 1, 2012 an arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court of Guam. At that time United States Marshals Service requested the assistance of the United States Department of State, Regional Security Office to locate and apprehend HART. Philippine Bureau of Immigration located Hart at Mangaldan, Pangasinan, Philippines and apprehended him on October 2, 2012 without incident. Once HART was apprehended in the Philippines; a team of US Marshals from Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands deployed to Manila, Philippines in order to escort him to Guam. Philippine Bureau of Immigrations then deported HART to Guam under escort of the USMS on October 24, 2012 and HART arrested by the escort team the next day upon arrival at the Guam International Airport.
HART’s original charges where “Forcible Rape”. He pleaded guilty on 2/12/2007 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Hart relocated to Guam on April 2008. He was born in Darby Pennsylvania and is now 56 years old.
HART subsequently violated the Adam Walsh Act which was enacted by Congress on July 2006. The Adam Walsh Act made it a federal crime for the failure to register with the Sex Offender Registry upon relocation to another state. The Adam Walsh Act also gave enforcement authority to the United States Marshals Service. This now means that the United States Marshals Service will pursue, within the United States or anywhere else they may attempt to flee to, any and all sex offenders who willfully defy the requirement to register themselves in order to conceal the fact that they have been convicted of a sexual crime.