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For Immediate Release

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May 15, 2013 Amelia Swenhaugen, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 828-8349
Child Predator on Pennsylvania's 'Most Wanted Megan's Law Offenders' List Arrested List Arrested in Phoenix by U.S. Marshals

Phoenix, AZ – Yesterday morning, John Paul Anderson, 47, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service-led Child Predator Apprehension Team in Maricopa, AZ. Anderson was wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for failing to register as a sex offender. Additionally, Anderson was considered to be one of Pennsylvania’s “Most Wanted Megan’s Law Offenders”.

In 2005, Anderson was convicted in Lawrence County, Pa., for Aggravated Indecent Assault and subsequently served five years in prison. Anderson victimized a juvenile female from the time she was five years old until the age of eight. On Jan. 28, 2010, Anderson was released from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and placed on probation. As a convicted sex offender, Anderson is required by law to register as a sex offender for life and is classified as a Sexually Violent Predator.

In 2011, Anderson failed to adhere to his registration requirements and subsequently absconded, generating a warrant for his arrest out of Pennsylvania for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania developed information that Anderson may have fled to Arizona. Using this information, The U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona tracked Anderson to a residence near North John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road in Maricopa, Ariz., where he was arrested without incident. Anderson also failed to register as a sex offender in Arizona and may now face federal charges.

“Any individual who has made a child their victim will find their apprehension at the center of all law enforcement resources,” said United States Marshal David P. Gonzales. “Predators such as John Paul Anderson should take notice that they will not be able to escape justice by fleeing from state-to-state.”

The U.S. Marshals Service proudly maintains a strong commitment to apprehending fugitive sex
offender’s. The passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA) establishes it as a federal felony for failing to register as a sex offender after having traveled across state lines, and specifically designates the U.S. Marshals Service as the lead investigative agency into such registration violations.

U.S. Marshals Service investigations into AWA violations have resulted in the successful prosecution and conviction of hundreds of convicted sex offenders, increasing community safety and ensuring sexual predators are held accountable for their actions.

The U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Arizona operates the Child Predator Apprehension Team, a specialized team of Deputy U.S. Marshals collaborating with state and local law enforcement officers whose mission is to locate and apprehend fugitive sex offenders such as Anderson.

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

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