News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Gary Ignatius Branson, a lifetime registered sexual offender.

Branson, 34 of Lexington Park, is wanted on a warrant for failing to register as required by the sex offender registry and additional unrelated warrants. Branson is a black male with brown eyes and black hair, standing 5’11,” weighing 230 lbs.

Branson was convicted in 2007 for Second Degree Rape and sentenced to 6 years with all but 18 months suspended.

Anyone with information about Branson’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. 71996 or email

Mugshot courtesy of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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