Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that
the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested
Christopher Karl Scott - a 34-year old man formerly of Pleasant Mount,
During 2008, the Pennsylvania State Police investigated Scott for the
alleged sexual assaults of two minor females in Mount Pleasant Township. On
October 17, 2008, Scott surrendered to authorities in Wayne County,
Pennsylvania. He appeared before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Edwards
who released Scott on unsecured bail.
In 2009, Scott appeared in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas to plead
guilty to the charges. After learning that his guilty plea would designate
him as a sexually violent predator under the provisions of Megan’s Law,
Scott withdrew his plea and requested a trial. Scott was allowed to remain
free on unsecured bail pending the trial.
On September 21, 2009, Scott failed to appear for trial in the Wayne County
Court of Common Pleas. President Judge Raymond L. Hamill issued a Bench
Warrant for the arrest of Scott. On September 29, 2009, the Pennsylvania
State Police requested the assistance of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the
Middle District of Pennsylvania to locate and arrest Scott. Scranton-based
Deputy U.S. Marshals pursued leads in Pennsylvania, surrounding states, and
as far away as Texas.
In early February 2014, Crime Watch PA – an on-line tip and law enforcement
information sharing service – received information that Scott was living in
a remote cabin near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. U.S. Marshals in the Middle
District of Pennsylvania sent an investigative lead to their counterparts in
the Northern District of West Virginia. On February 6, Deputy U.S. Marshals
placed a cabin in Pendleton County under surveillance. After several hours,
Scott was positively identified as he entered the cabin. The fugitive was
arrested without incident. When taken into custody, he had no identification
on his person. However, personnel observed documents inside the cabin
containing the alias of Christopher Campbell. No other persons were found in
or around the cabin at the time of arrest. Scott was turned over to West
Virginia authorities and lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, to await
extradition back to Pennsylvania.
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The arrest of this fugitive,
charged with crimes against two young children, was a priority to the
Marshals Service. While he was on the run, there could be no justice for the
little girls. It is my sincere hope that, by taking this fugitive into
custody to face justice in the Wayne County Courts, some measure of comfort
will be realized.”
U.S. Marshals received assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police and
Lackawanna Sheriff’s Office. These agencies are participating members of the
U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of
Pennsylvania. Additional assistance was provided in West Virginia by the
West Virginia State Police and the Pendleton County Sheriff’s Department.
The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest
the nation’s most dangerous offenders.
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