ACCUSED OHIO SEXUAL PREDATOR ON U.S. MARSHALS’ “15 MOST
WANTED” LIST CAPTURED IN CALIFORNIA
Washington, DC -- John Dallas Lockhart, wanted on federal and
local charges including three counts of rape of a victim under 13, three
counts of gross sexual imposition, three counts of pandering obscenity of a
minor and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, was captured today, in
Venice Beach, Calif., by Deputy U.S. Marshals. Participating in the arrest
were Deputy Marshals from the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive
Task Force and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, and
police detectives from the City of Akron.
On June 4, 2005, Lockhart was profiled on the television show, “America’s
Most Wanted.” Based upon information from AMW tipsters, investigators were
lead to the Venice Beach area. Lockhart was arrested without incident at a
residence on Club House Drive. Lockhart was living under the alias Dallas
Locke and working as a web page designer.
“We are thankful for the media coverage about John Lockhart and the public’s
tips which resulted after Saturday night’s profile on FOX’s America’s Most
Wanted,” said Benigno Reyna, U.S. Marshal Director. “The media coverage
generated the vital information needed to help us capture this dangerous
Lockhart, 36, was wanted since August 2004. After the detective bureau of
the Akron Police Department sought help from the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio
Violent Fugitive Task Force, Marshals joined the national search for the
Ohio lawyer. On December 8, 2004, Lockhart was added to the U.S. Marshals’
”15 Most Wanted” list.
Lockhart fled the state just ahead of charges accusing him of the rape of a
“The arrest of John Lockhart exemplifies the ability of federal, state, and
local law enforcement to work collaboratively on a national level. Our
effectiveness was based upon the dedication of all of the officers involved,
the support of national and local media, and concerned citizens,” said U.S.
Marshal Peter J. Elliott, Northern District of Ohio.
Joining in the recognition of the investigative efforts and determination of
the task force officers were City of Akron Chief of Police Michael
Matulavich, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, and Summit County
Sheriff Drew Alexander.
According to Akron Police, about 100 pornographic photos were retrieved from
Lockhart’s home/business computer when a software maintenance company was
making a routine service call. The computer company immediately contacted
Akron police. Investigators believe that Lockhart may have assaulted the
infant victim, produced photos of the sex acts, and then stored the images
on his computer. During the investigation, authorities learned he allegedly
communicated with others who shared a similar interest.
U.S. Marshal Elliott also expressed appreciation for the cooperation and
national media attention provided by FOX National News’ The Big Story,
MSNBC, and the New York Post. Several investigative leads were provided by
citizens throughout the nation.
The original 2004 press release is located at:
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