This morning, the Danbury Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service found a missing child who officials said was endangered and trafficked.

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35-year-old Wayne Marcell of Danbury was taken into custody and charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, as reported by NBC Connecticut. A two-week operation called "Operation Not Forgotten 2021" involved the U.S. Marshals Service Missing Child Unit in the Atlanta area, where 20 endangered missing children were found. Back in August of 2020, this same task force rescued 39 endangered children.

The U.S. Marshals Service, formed in 1789, was the first law enforcement agency in the country. They are the enforcement arm of the federal courts protecting the federal judiciary, capturing federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets that criminals have collected through illegal activity and managing the Witness Security Program. The U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Connecticut told NBC CT,

The U.S. Marshals Service would like to commend the hard work and dedication of all the law enforcement professionals who helped in the apprehension and arrest of Wayne Marcell.

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