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For Immediate Release

Contact:
March 07, 2014 Steven Rowe, Senior Inspector
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 648-1580;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Megan's Law Offender Arrested in Luzerne County

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced that the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force arrested Dwayne Chris Parker– a 42-year old convicted sex offender.

On November 28, 2000, Parker was convicted of Rape in the 3rd Degree in the state of New York. This conviction required him to register as a sex offender. His most recently registered address was in Scranton, PA.

On March 3, 2014, the Pennsylvania State Police – Wyoming barracks –obtained an arrest warrant charging Parker with failing to update his sex offender registration after they learned Parker no longer resided at the Scranton address. The whereabouts of Parker was unknown, however leads were developed which clearly indicated he was in the Lackawanna and Luzerne County area.

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, at about 2:45 PM, Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers observed Parker leave a residence in Birchwood Estates, Exeter in Luzerne County. He was immediately surrounded and arrested without incident. Parker was arraigned by District Magistrate Judge Carmody and housed in the Luzerne County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 designated the USMS as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements.

United States Marshal Pane said, “These are high priority cases and we are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that registered sex offenders comply with the law. We owe this to our communities.”

The USMS worked jointly in this investigation with personnel from the Scranton Police Department, Pennsylvania State Board of Probation and Parole and Pennsylvania State Police. These are participating members of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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

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