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For Immediate Release

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June 16, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 323-7245
U.S. Marshals Arrest Federal Fugitive Wanted on Child Pornography Charges

Williamsport, PA – On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Jeffrey Boop – a 50-year old man from Northumberland County – in a remote, wooded location south of Montandon, Pennsylvania.

On April 27, 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against Boop. He was charged in a one-count Information with possession of child pornography. The information also charged that Boop has a prior conviction in Florida relating to sexual abuse and abusive sexual conduct involving a minor.

The charge arose out of a nationwide operation targeting individuals possessing and trading child pornography. If convicted of the offense, Boop faces a maximum penalty of 20 years federal imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000. The investigation was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On June 14, Boop was scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones in federal court in Williamsport for his initial appearance, and to enter a guilty plea to the criminal Information. Boop failed to appear, and an arrest warrant was issued based upon his non appearance.

U.S. Marshals in Williamsport initiated a fugitive investigation. It was determined that Boop is a prior convicted felon from the state of Florida.

Campsites and river lots in and around Sunbury, Northumberland, Lewisburg, Montandon and Milton were searched. Wooded locations in western Montour County were also searched.

During the late evening hours of June 15, U.S. Marshals tentatively identified and located Boop in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile south of Montandon, between Route 405 and Route 147. Because U.S. Marshals had developed information the fugitive may be in possession of firearms, they used the element of surprise to make the arrest. At the location, U.S. Marshals found a generator used for electricity. U.S. Marshals seized a rifle, a machete, several knives, an axe, a saw, ammunition, two laptop computers, a 30-day supply of foodstuffs, five 5-gallon water containers, and a large amount of alcohol.

Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Cases which involve the exploitation and abuse of children are given the highest priority. Individuals who fail to appear for federal court proceedings show their total disregard for the criminal justice system. They must be brought to justice.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by several agencies that comprise its Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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