Harrisburg, PA –
Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Joseph Lim – a
22-year old man from Dover, York County, Pennsylvania.
In September of 2010, Lim pled guilty to Sexual Abuse of Children in the
York County Court of Common Plea. This offense required him to register as a
sex offender under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. In July of 2012, Lim was
released from York County Prison and registered his address at a homeless
shelter in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
In August of 2012, probation officers discovered that Lim moved from the
shelter to a home in Dover. During the next month Lim apparently moved
several times between the home, a homeless shelter in York and other unknown
locations. Lim failed to report these address changes to the Pennsylvania
State Police as required by Megan’s Law. In mid-September, Lim failed to
report to his probation officer and could not be found in the area.
On October 1, the Pennsylvania State Police (Gettysburg barracks) obtained
an arrest warrant charging Lim with violating Megan’s Law.
On October 25, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Middle District of
Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force adopted the case. Deputy U.S. Marshals in
the Harrisburg office learned that Lim likely fled to Tennessee.
Today, at about 1 PM, Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Chattanooga Tennessee
office arrested Lim in Jacksboro, Tennessee. Lim was jailed in the Campbell
County prison, pending extradition to Pennsylvania.
U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane said, ““This case demonstrates the U. S.
Marshals’ commitment to locating non-compliant sex offenders who fail to
comply with their registration requirements, especially those that flee
across state lines to do so.”
Lim remains under investigation for violations of The Adam Walsh Child
Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The same act designates the U. S.
Marshals Service as the federal agency responsible for helping local and
state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to
comply with their Megan’s Law requirements.
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