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For Immediate Release

September 05, 2012 Steven Rowe, Inspector
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2212
U.S. Marshals Assist in Recovery of Missing Child and the Arrest of Sex Offender Fugitive

Williamsport, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today the arrest of Donald Steven Guthrie – a 38-year old man from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania – and the recovery of a missing 14-year old female.

In June 2012, Guthrie was arrested in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on charges of indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor – sexual offenses, child pornography, illegal use of a cell phone and corrupting the morals of a minor. He was arraigned on these charges, and released on $10,000 bail.

On August 31, Guthrie failed to appear in Lycoming County for a status hearing on the outstanding charges. Warrants were issued charging Guthrie with failure to appear in county court. The initial investigation to locate Guthrie revealed he may have fled the state with a juvenile female.

The Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) to arrest Guthrie and recover the missing juvenile. The USMS adopted the case as part of its Operation PICK-UP – an initiative designed to coordinate investigative efforts between the U. S. Marshals Service and state and local police agencies to recover missing children.

It was determined that Guthrie was a prior convicted sex offender. As such, Guthrie was mandated to comply with Megan’s Law registration requirements.

On September 5 at about 3:00 PM, Guthrie was stopped in Illinois by the Mount Morris Police Department. Guthrie provided a false name but, through further investigation, his true identity was determined. The fugitive was arrested on the outstanding Lycoming County warrants. A search of the immediate area was conducted, and the missing juvenile was located.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “At all times, the safety and well-being of children is paramount to members of the Marshals Service. This is textbook case of law enforcement cooperation at the federal, state, and local levels. We will always commit our best effort to these type cases, and the safe recovery of missing children.”

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