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For Immediate Release

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February 19, 2010 Michael R. Regan, United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2213
U.S. Marshals Apprehend Child Sex Assault Fugitive From Centre County
Charges detail incidents from 2006 – 2009 in State College area

Williamsport, PA - U.S. Marshal Michael R. Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Michael Gregory Martinez in Brooklyn, New York.

Martinez was being sought on an arrest warrant, dated December 15, 2009, and signed by Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot in State College, Pennsylvania.

In July 2009, the Ferguson Township Police Department conducted an investigation into alleged sexual assaults of a minor in State College. The assaults allegedly began in October 2006 when the victim was 6 years old. The investigation revealed the sexual assaults occurred for over 2 ˝ years, ending in May 2009. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued against Martinez, charging him with the following offenses:

  • 2 counts of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child
  • 3 counts of Indecent Assault

Martinez fled the greater State College area prior to the arrest warrant being signed in December 2009.

On February 3, 2010, the Ferguson Township Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend Martinez. This fugitive case was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals based in Williamsport investigated several leads on the possible whereabouts of Martinez in central Pennsylvania. On February 16, U.S. Marshals developed information that the fugitive may be hiding in the New York City area. Subsequently, an investigative lead was sent to the U.S. Marshals Service in Brooklyn.

At approximately 5:00 AM on February 19, U.S. Marshals located and arrested Martinez at a house in the 100 block of Chestnut Street in Brooklyn. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident.

Martinez, 22 years of age, was processed and charged as a fugitive from justice. He will be scheduled for a court appearance before a New York magistrate on this charge, and for further hearings relating to his extradition to Centre County, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals, assisted by the Ferguson Township Police Department, were diligent in their search for Martinez. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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

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