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For Immediate Release

April 03, 2018 Ed Holst, Public Information Officer
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 499-1201;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests Luzerne County Rape Suspect
Scranton, PA - Today, U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the arrest of Phillip Smith, 42, in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

On August 27, 2017, the Pittston Police Department conducted an investigation into rape allegations. It is alleged that Smith had sexual encounters with a minor on multiple occasions in August of 2017. Pittston Police obtained an arrest warrant in February of 2018 charging Smith with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault – less than 16, corruption of minors and indecent assault of person less than 16.

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force adopted the case and developed information that Smith was possibly residing in the Kingston, PA area. Earlier this morning, USMS Fugitive Task Force members served a search warrant in Kingston, PA. Information developed during the search warrant led the task force to South Empire Street in Wilkes-Barre where Smith was arrested without incident. He was turned over to local authorities pending court proceedings.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “It is important to bring those charged with serious sex crimes to justice. It is my hope that the victim will find comfort knowing the fugitive charged is now in custody.”

The USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is comprised of 20 state, county and local agencies; including the Pennsylvania State Police, Wilkes-Barre Police Department and the Scranton Police Department. Both of whom participated in the investigation. Additional assistance was provided by the Pittston Police Department, Jenkins Township Police Department, Hughesville Police Department and the West Pittston Police Department.

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