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For Immediate Release

October 26, 2012 Steve Rowe, Inspector
Middle District of Pennsylvania (717) 221-2212
U.S. Marshals Arrest Fugitive Sex Offender in Tennessee

Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Joseph Lim – a 22-year old man from Dover, York County, Pennsylvania.

In September of 2010, Lim pled guilty to Sexual Abuse of Children in the York County Court of Common Plea. This offense required him to register as a sex offender under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. In July of 2012, Lim was released from York County Prison and registered his address at a homeless shelter in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In August of 2012, probation officers discovered that Lim moved from the shelter to a home in Dover. During the next month Lim apparently moved several times between the home, a homeless shelter in York and other unknown locations. Lim failed to report these address changes to the Pennsylvania State Police as required by Megan’s Law. In mid-September, Lim failed to report to his probation officer and could not be found in the area.

On October 1, the Pennsylvania State Police (Gettysburg barracks) obtained an arrest warrant charging Lim with violating Megan’s Law.

On October 25, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force adopted the case. Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Harrisburg office learned that Lim likely fled to Tennessee.

Today, at about 1 PM, Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Chattanooga Tennessee office arrested Lim in Jacksboro, Tennessee. Lim was jailed in the Campbell County prison, pending extradition to Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane said, ““This case demonstrates the U. S. Marshals’ commitment to locating non-compliant sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements, especially those that flee across state lines to do so.”

Lim remains under investigation for violations of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The same act designates the U. S. Marshals Service as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with their Megan’s Law requirements.

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