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