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For Immediate Release

Contact:
January 28, 2014 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Upstate New York Rape Suspect in Lycoming County

Williamsport, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Bruce L. Simons – a 58-year old man - in the borough of Muncy, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

On January 7, 2014, the Binghamton, New York Police Department charged Simons with Rape in the Second Degree. It is alleged that Simons had sexual intercourse with a 14-year old girl. Binghamton police officers requested the assistance of the USMS New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in adopting the case, and in locating and arresting Simons.

On Monday, January 27, at about 5:20pm, members of the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Simons at a home in the 400 block of Pepper Street in Muncy. The fugitive attempted to flee the residence as Task Force personnel approached, but was captured without further incident.

Simons was arraigned as a fugitive-from-justice before Magisterial District Justice James G. Carn, and detained in lieu of $100,000 bail.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “It is important to bring those charged with serious sex crimes against our children to justice. The Fugitive Task Force made this case a priority and Mr. Simons will have his day in court. It is my hope that the victim and her family will find comfort knowing the alleged attacker is now in custody.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office. This agency is a participating member of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Additional assistance was provided by the Muncy Police Department.

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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