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For Immediate Release

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January 31, 2012 Steven Rowe, Inspector
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2212
U.S. Marshals Arrest Megan's Law Violator in Fairview Township, York County

Harrisburg, PA U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Gregory Colt, a 31-year old man, in Fairview Township, York County. Colt was sought for failing to register as a previously convicted sex offender and faces possible prosecution for violating the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

On February 11, 2009, Colt was convicted of Sexual Assault in Sebastian County, Arkansas – an offense that required Colt to register as a convicted sex offender.

In July of 2011, Colt registered his home address in Charlotte County, Florida. But early in January of 2012, members of the Charlotte County Sheriff Department discovered that he no longer lived there and - on January 12, 2012 - obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Shortly after that, Deputy U. S. Marshals in Florida began searching for Colt. They discovered that he fled to Pennsylvania and passed that information to the USMS office in Harrisburg.

This morning, Deputy U. S. Marshals placed the home of one of Colt’s family members under surveillance. Shortly after 11 AM, Colt exited the home and was taken into custody without incident. The Fairview Township Police Department charged Colt as a fugitive from justice and turned him over to York County Central Booking to await arraignment.

The USMS continues to investigate Colt to determine if he violated the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 - which made it a federal offense for a convicted sex offender to flee from state to state to avoid his registration requirements. It also designated the United States Marshals Service as the federal agency responsible for locating and investigating these offenders.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “As the lead federal agency responsible for the arrest of non-compliant sex offenders, we’re committed to investigating Megan’s Law violators and Adam Walsh Act fugitive cases and bringing those violators to justice.”

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

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