Scranton, PA – United
States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service
arrested Thomas McCarty in a remote section of Wyoming County, near Tunkhannock,
Pennsylvania. McCarty, a 48-year old man, was being sought by the Pennsylvania
Board of Probation and Parole for violating the conditions of his state parole.
McCarty has an extensive criminal history dating back almost 30 years.
In 1985, McCarty was arrested in Lycoming County for statutory rape, involuntary
deviate sexual intercourse and other sex-related offenses. He pled guilty to
charges of statutory rape and corruption of minors, and was sentenced to state
prison for a term of 1 ½ to 4 years. McCarty was released on state parole
supervision in 1988.
In 1997, McCarty was convicted on charges of Indecent Assault of a Minor,
Corruption of a Minor, Forgery, and Theft in Lycoming County and Northumberland
County. He was committed to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to serve
a 3 to 13 year prison sentence. McCarty was released on state parole supervision
In March 2005, McCarty stopped reporting to state parole authorities and
disappeared. In May 2005, an arrest warrant was issued by the Pennsylvania Board
of Probation and Parole charging McCarty with violating the terms of his state
parole. He remained a fugitive-from-justice for the past 8 years.
In June 2011, state parole authorities requested the assistance of the United
States Marshals Service and its Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest
On July 24, Deputy U.S. Marshals from Scranton and Williamsport, along with task
force personnel, located McCarty at a rugged, remote, wooded location off of
Rockledge Road, near Tunkhannock in Wyoming County. The fugitive was arrested
and offered no resistance. McCarty was turned over to authorities from the
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and lodged at the State Correctional
Institution in Waymart.
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “This case exemplifies the
dedication the Fugitive Task Force has towards cold cases. I am proud of the
hard work displayed by the case investigators and, while not an easy case,
Michael C. Potteiger, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
said, “This capture demonstrates the cooperation and partnership between the
U.S. Marshals Service and all levels of law enforcement. This case has been
outstanding since 2005. Its closure represents how we continue to work together
as a team to pursue all fugitives, regardless of their time on the run.”
U.S. Marshals were assisted by officers from the Pennsylvania Board of Probation
and Parole, Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police,
Scranton Police Department, and Penn College Police Department. These agencies
are participating members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in
the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the
nation’s most dangerous offenders.
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