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For Immediate Release

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December 18, 2012 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
U.S. Marshals Arrest Out-of-Country Fugitive in Drums
Wanted for Indecent Assault/Corruption of Minors and Violation of Probation by Northampton County authorities

Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Stephen Soultanian, a 48-year old man, in Drums, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Soultanian was convicted of fraud charges in Northampton County, and sentenced to a county prison term. After his release, Soultanian was placed on probation supervision for three (3) years.

In June of 2012, an arrest warrant was issued in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, charging Soultanian with Indecent Assault and Corruption of Minors. The alleged victims in this case were 13 and 14 years old.

Based upon these new charges, an arrest warrant was issued on August 8 in Northampton County, charging Soultanian with violation of probation.

On November 26, U.S. Marshals in Allentown requested the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force to assist in the location and apprehension of Soultanian.

During the evening hours of December 17, U.S. Marshals based in Scranton located and arrested Soultanian without incident in the 200 block of Four Seasons Drive in Drums. Soultanian was returned to Northampton County on the bench warrant, where he will face prosecution on both criminal cases.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “Fugitives wanted for crimes against young children must be taken off the street, and brought to justice.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted in this investigation by its fugitive task force partner agency, the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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