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For Immediate Release

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May 24, 2010 Western District of Arkansas - Johnny Larkin
Public Information Officer (479) 434-5014;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Rape Suspect Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma
Fayetteville, AR – The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force announce the arrest of Jerome M. Porter, 41, who was wanted on three counts of rape and one count of Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree by Washington County, Arkansas. Porter had been on the run since September of 2005. The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force developed information through intensive investigations that Porter was possibly living in Ochelata, Oklahoma under an alias. The task force sent a lead to the U.S. Marshals Service Northern District of Oklahoma office.

Two Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Northern District of Oklahoma traveled to Ochelata, Oklahoma on May 24. The deputies located Porter at a residence on 283 East Vera in Ochelata, Oklahoma. Porter originally denied his true identity when questioned by the Deputy U.S. Marshals, then admitted he was Jerome Porter. Porter was arrested without incident and was transported to the Washington County Jail in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Porter will remain in the Washington County Jail where he awaits removal to Washington County, Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of the U.S. Marshals Service, Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and the Bentonville Police Departments, and the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

Every year, the U.S. Marshals Service and its associated task forces throughout the country arrest more fugitives than all federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year, the number was more than 73,000 state and local fugitives and more than 36,000 federal fugitives. Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.