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For Immediate Release

October 27, 2016 Brad M. Fleming, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Ohio (614) 469-554
U.S. Marshals Arrest Man on Ross County Rape Charges
Columbus, OH - U.S. Marshal Peter Tobin and Ross County Sheriff George Lavender are pleased to announce that the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) has directed the arrest of a man indicted in Ross County on three counts of Rape.

Jason A. Anders, 39, formerly of Mount Sterling, is wanted in Ross County on three counts of Rape. Anders was indicted by the Ross County Grand Jury in February 2014 on all three counts which stem from a series of events between August 2007 and June 2008 in which Anders allegedly raped a minor victim under the age of 10. The victim’s identity will not be released.

Deputy US Marshals from the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) adopted the case from the Ross County Sheriff’s office on the October 20th 2016 and within a week had tracked Anders down in the small southern Kentucky town of Middlesboro. Working closely with members of the U.S. Marshals Central Kentucky Task Force, Columbus-based Deputy Marshals directed Anders’ arrest at his place of business. Anders surrendered to officers and was arrested without incident. Anders will remain in custody in Kentucky until he is extradited back to Ross County for trial.

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive-focused, U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state and federal authorities including the Columbus Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Delaware County Probation, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Secret Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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