Scranton, PA – U.S. Marshal Michael R.
Regan announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Anthony
Simpson in Elmira, New York. Simpson was being sought on multiple warrants
from authorities in Lackawanna County.
On July 8, 2010, the Scranton Police Department responded to the 900 block
of Albright Avenue to investigate a report of sexual assaults against a 12
year old child. The assaults allegedly occurred a few days prior. Scranton
police investigated additional reports of similar-type sexual assaults by
the same perpetrator against an 11 year old child in the same neighborhood.
On August 3, 2010, Magisterial District Judge James P. Kennedy in Scranton
signed an arrest warrant against Simpson, charging him with the following
- 1 count of Rape of a Child
- 1 count of Involuntary Deviate Sexual
Intercourse with a Child
- 1 count Indecent Assault of a Person
less than 13 years of age
- 2 counts of Unlawful Contact with Minors
- (Sexual Offenses)
- 2 counts of Corruption of Minors
On September 7, 2010, an arrest warrant was
signed by Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge Vito P. Geroulo,
charging Simpson with Violation of Parole. In 2008, Simpson had been
arrested by the Scranton Police Department on charges of Indecent Assault of
a Person less than 13 years of age, Corruption of Minors, and Endangering
the Welfare of Children. He was convicted and sentenced to a county prison
term. Simpson was released on county parole from the Lackawanna County
Prison in January 2010.
The Scranton Police Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals
Service to locate and apprehend Simpson. This fugitive case was adopted by
the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of
U.S. Marshals based in Scranton conducted interviews and investigated
several leads in Lackawanna County. U.S. Marshals developed information
Simpson fled the area.
On November 2, U.S. Marshals and members of the USMS Middle District of
Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force traveled to upstate New York to investigate
several viable leads in Elmira. At approximately 4:00PM, U.S. Marshals
positively identified Simpson as he exited a house in the 600 block of
Columbia Street in Elmira. The fugitive was taken into custody without
incident. He was found in possession of a small amount of cocaine.
Simpson, 27 years of age, was returned to Pennsylvania, where he was lodged
in the Lackawanna County Prison.
U.S. Marshals were diligent in their search for Simpson. As part of the U.S.
Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, personnel from the Lackawanna County
Sheriffs Office and the Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the
investigation and apprehension of Simpson. U.S. Marshals were also aided by
detectives from the Elmira Police Department.
To ensure the safety of children across the country, the U.S. Marshals
Service has taken an aggressive approach in prioritizing, investigating, and
arresting those persons charged with sex offenses against children.
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