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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 21, 2013 Steven Rowe, Inspector
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 648-1580;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Massachusetts Sex Offender in York County
Harrisburg, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin Pane announced the arrest of John Phillips, a 45-year old man registered as a convicted sex offender in Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

On March 31, 2004, Phillips was convicted of Rape in the Barnstable, Massachusetts Superior Court. This conviction required Phillips to register as a sex offender. In February of 2013, Phillips registered in Yarmouth. In March of 2013, police officers in that community learned that Phillips no longer lived at his registered address.

Those officers asked the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) in Boston to locate Phillips. Deputy U.S. Marshals from that office learned Phillips may have moved to York, and that he did not notify authorities in Massachusetts or register in Pennsylvania. Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Harrisburg office investigated. They determined that Phillips lived in the 400 block of Park Street in York and did so for several months.

This morning, Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Phillips in York without incident. He was transported to the United States Courthouse in Harrisburg where he was arraigned by a U.S. Magistrate Judge for failing to register as a convicted sex offender. Phillips has been ordered detained pending further judicial proceedings.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 designates the U.S. Marshals Service as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities to locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their Megan’s Law requirements.

“This is exactly the type of case our legislators had in mind -- convicted sex offenders who flee from state to state to avoid their registration requirements -- when they assigned the apprehension of sex offenders to the United States Marshals Service,” said Martin J. Pane, U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the York City Police Department, the York County District Attorney’s Office, the York County Sheriff’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section.

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

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