Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin Pane announced the
arrest of Allen Sheridan, a 45-year old man registered as a convicted sex
offender in Syracuse, New York.
On March 22, 2004, Sheridan was convicted of raping a victim less than 11-years
old in Onondaga County, New York. As a result, he was sentenced to five years in
prison and required to register as a sex offender. Following his release from
prison, Sheridan registered several times in Syracuse. On May 9, 2012, Sheridan
informed New York authorities he intended to move to an address in the 400 block
of Olive Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was later determined that Sheridan
never registered as a sex offender in Pennsylvania.
In early June of 2013, the U. S. Marshals Service (USMS) in the Northern
District of New York forwarded this information to Deputy Marshals in the Middle
District of Pennsylvania. Those Deputies learned Sheridan never lived at the
Olive Street address but, instead, lived in the 500 block of Birch Street in
Scranton, and did so since February of 2013. They also learned that Sheridan
worked at a restaurant in Dickson City.
Today, at about 11:00 AM, Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Sheridan at his Scranton
home without incident. He was transported to the United States District
Courthouse to be arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt for failing
to register as a convicted sex offender.
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 made it a federal offense
to flee across state lines to avoid sex offender registration requirements. It
also designated 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.
“Many years ago, the legislature decided that our citizens should be aware of
the convicted sex offenders who live among us. The Marshals Service is vigilant
in its duty to ensure that sex offender registration laws are fully enforced.
Our communities are safer because of this,” said Martin J. Pane, United States
Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s
Office and the Scranton Police Department.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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