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November 30, 2006

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Reward of up to $25,000 being offered for arrest of Paul Clouston

15 Most Wanted Fugitive - Paul CLOUSTONWASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Marshals Service announced today that it has added convicted cop killer and child molester Paul Clouston, 70, to its list of 15 most wanted fugitives.

Clouston, a Pennsylvania native who was last seen in the Williamsburg, VA area, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also is wanted by the Virginia State Police for failing to register as a sex offender, and by the Virginia Division of Probation and Parole for alleged violations of his parole on a conviction for the armed sexual assault of a child.

The Marshals Service is now employing its comprehensive nationwide network of regional and district fugitive task forces, as well as its Technical Operations Group, to find Clouston. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture.

“Paul Clouston is a dangerous felon and needs to be taken off the streets,” said United States Marshals Service Director John Clark. “By placing this predator on our 15 Most Wanted list, I have directed our investigators to utilize all our resources to catch him and bring him to justice. He has proven himself to be a danger to our children and he needs to be captured.”

In 1973, Clouston was convicted on second degree murder charges for murdering a police detective in Buena Park, CA a year earlier. He was released from prison in 1982. In 1991, Clouston was indicted on 17 counts of sexually abusing children in the Williamsburg, VA area. He later pled guilty to seven of the 17 charges he faced and was sent to prison again. He was released on parole in 2005. He was last seen living in a motel in the Williamsburg, VA area and has failed to register as a sex offender with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Clouston, who is six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds, is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to his location is asked to contact their nearest United States Marshals Service office, or the Marshals Service Headquarters at (800) 336-0102.

Last year, marshals apprehended more than 35,500 federal fugitives, and cleared 38,500 federal felony warrants, more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Working with authorities at federal, state and local levels, Marshals Service-led fugitive task forces arrested an additional 44,000 state and local fugitives, clearing 51,200 state and local felony warrants. For more information on the Marshals Service, visit www.usmarshals.gov.

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