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For Immediate Release

Contact:
November 04, 2011 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Man Wanted for Child Molestation Arrested at Airport

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Pensacola Police arrested a Bay county man wanted on numerous charges of child molestation as he walked off a plane at Pensacola Airport. John Claude Chambers, 39, was arrested by task force members from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), State Attorney’s Office and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office without incident and was escorted from the rear stairs of the jet way by Pensacola Police and placed into a patrol car.

Chambers, is wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly molesting two girls, one 11 years old the other 12 reportedly over the past year. Chambers is being charged with five counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child less than 12, Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and Sexual Battery on a Child.

According to investigators from Bay County, Chambers has been molesting the girls for the past year. Allegedly, Chambers was recently confronted by the mother of the two girls and admitted to the allegations. However, Chambers supposedly blamed the children and then moved to Michigan to live with his mother.

Two days ago the Bay County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, Panama City Division who then contacted the Task Force in Pensacola. The investigation revealed that Chambers was supposed to fly into Pensacola Airport from Flint, MI around 8:30 pm Friday. Chambers was then supposed to rent a car and drive to his National Guard Base in Dothan, AL. Chambers was brought to the Escambia County Jail and booked without bond.

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

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