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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 06, 2013 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Megan's Law Violator in Scranton
Previously convicted in upstate New York on sex offense

Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Anthony K. Walker, a 28-year old man from New York. Walker was being sought for violating Megan’s Law by failing to register as a previously convicted sex offender.

In May 2006, Walker was convicted in Franklin County, New York on charges of Forcible Touching / Sexual Fondling. The victim in the case was 16 years of age. Walker was sentenced to a prison sentence in the Franklin County Jail. The charges required Walker to register as a convicted sex offender upon his release from custody. Since January 2009, Walker has been required to register to maintain compliance with Megan’s Law.

In May 2012, Walker was convicted in Franklin County Court for failure to register.

In early January 2013, Walker again failed to return his annual registration requirement to New York state authorities.

On January 24, an arrest warrant was issued in Franklin County, New York charging Walker with failure to register as a sex offender.

Earlier this week, U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of New York requested the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) Fugitive Task Force to assist in the location and apprehension of Walker. Information was developed that the fugitive may be staying in the Scranton area.

On March 5, U.S. Marshals based in Scranton, along with task force personnel, began to investigate Walker’s whereabouts. During the late afternoon hours, Walker was located and arrested in the 100 block of South Washington Avenue in Scranton. He was taken into custody without incident. Walker will be charged as a fugitive-from-justice, and await court proceedings concerning his extradition to New York.

The United States Marshals Service continues to investigate Walker 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 the registration requirement and 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, “The Marshals Service and its task force partners are committed to making our communities a safe place to live. It is my sincere belief that, by taking Megan’s Law violators and Adam Walsh Act fugitives off the street, we are doing just that.”

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Scranton City Police Department, Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, and Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. These agencies are participating members of the USMS M/PA Fugitive Task Force. 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 Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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