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For Immediate Release

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February 04, 2014 John Sanchez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Tennessee (865) 545-4182x261
U.S. Marshals Arrest a Kentucky Man Charged with Sexual Offenses Against a Child

Knoxville, TN – The Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced today that after a two-year extensive manhunt George Hill, Jr., 50, was arrested at approximately 2:00 pm EST in Maynardville, TN, by a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force officers assigned to the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, and Union County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

Hill, who also goes by “Junior”, is wanted in Bracken County, Kentucky, on charges of Sodomy in the First Degree (victim less than 12 years of age), Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (victim less than 12 years of age), and Persistent Felony Offender. Hill is also wanted on a Kentucky State Parole violation warrant for a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Given the current charges he faces, Hill was considered extremely dangerous and a risk to public safety.
Deputy U.S. Marshals, Task Force officers, and Union County investigators made the arrest after their investigation led them to a rental cabin on Hickory Star Boat Dock Road, in Maynardville. When the officers approached the cabin, they were able to see and identify Hill, who surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

“We are grateful that the investigation is now over and Hill is in custody to face his charges.” Stated Jimmy Fowler, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “Hill’s arrest underlines the importance of local, state, and federal agencies working together to stop sexual predators from victimizing our youth. We appreciate the efforts and collaboration of all the agencies involved, both here and in Kentucky.” Marshal Fowler added.

Hill is now at the Union County Jail. His bond was set at a $100,000. His extradition to Kentucky will wait until he answers local charges for violation of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry Law.

The Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the East Tennessee area working under the direction of the U.S. Marshals office in Knoxville. The Task Force’s objective is to seek out and arrest federal and state wanted individuals who pose a threat to the community.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by U.S. Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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