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For Immediate Release

April 30, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal;
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 323-7245
U.S. Marshals Arrest Repeat Sex Offender for Failing to Register
Prior sex offense convictions spanned 26 years in Pennsylvania & West Virginia

Harrisburg, PA – On Friday, April 29, 2011, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Arthur James Wire III – a 51-year old man with no fixed address - in York, PA for violating the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

On July 6, 1984, Wire was convicted of Indecent Assault in York County, PA. And, on November 12, 1985 Wire was convicted of Indecent Assault and Corruption of Minors in York County, PA.

On June 6, 2007, Wire was convicted of two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree in Greenbrier County, West Virginia - an offense that required him to register as a convicted sex offender. On February 7, 2011, Wire was released from prison and told West Virginia law enforcement officials he intended to move to a family member’s home in York, PA. On March 14, 2011, the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section attempted to contact Wire at the York address, but learned he did not live there and never had. The USMS adopted the case and learned Wire was living as a homeless person in York.

On the morning of April 29, Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Wire in the 200 block of Rockdale Avenue, York, PA. The arrest occurred without incident. Wire was taken to the U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg and detained pending further federal court proceedings.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 made it a federal offense for a convicted sex offender to flee from one state to another to avoid his/her sex offender registration requirements. It also designates the USMS as the federal agency responsible for assisting state and local police agencies locate and arrest sex offenders who fail to update their required Megan’s Law information.

Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The Adam Walsh fugitive cases are of the highest priority to the United States Marshals Service. We are committed to ensuring our communities are safer by investigating and arresting these type individuals.”

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