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For Immediate Release

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July 03, 2013 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Alleged School Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault Caught in Virginia by U.S. Marshals

Fairfield, VA – A Virginia man who appears to have traveled to Florida to meet with a teenage girl was captured in his home town in Virginia late today, less than a day after he bolted from his hotel in the Florida panhandle. 43 year-old Gregory Delmas Staton who has been identified possibly as a school teacher, was being sought the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on sex offense charges such as Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, Traveling to Have Sex with a Minor and Obscene Communication as he used the internet to seduce the young girl. The alleged sexual assault took place July 2, after it seems that Staton and a 15 year-old girl met up after coordinating a trip to meet at a hotel in Navarre, Fla. where the victim was on a family vacation. According to Santa Rosa County investigators Staton became aware of investigation and immediately fled the area.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation determined that Staton and the victim may have been communicating for over a year using video chat and the internet. Investigators also believe that Staton has traveled to Texas to meet the victim at least once prior to this incident. There may also be evidence suggesting that Staton may also be involved in similar crimes with additional victims.

As soon as the warrant was issued, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola was asked to help coordinate Staton’s arrest. Task Force members then reached out to members of the Marshals Capital Region Fugitive Task Force and the Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office to assist them.

Task Force members and U.S. Marshals from Roanoke, Virginia immediately set out to apprehend Staton. A short time later they arrested him at his home on the 100 Block of Mourning Dove Lane in Fairfield. Staton was cooperative and provided investigators with his cell phone and laptop computer at the time of his arrest. Staton will remain in the custody of Virginia law enforcement and will await extradition to Florida to face the accusation as well potential additional charges pending further investigation.

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

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