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For Immediate Release

August 09, 2018

John Curtis, Acting Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

District of Vermont (802) 951-6271;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Rutland Fugitive Arrested in Massachusetts

Burlington, VTThe U.S. Marshals Service arrested a Vermont fugitive who was wanted for lewd & lascivious conduct with a child and aggravated sexual assault with a minor.

John Grover Bell’s arrest warrant was issued in May of 2017 after he skipped town right before his trial in Rutland, VT. Rutland County Sheriff’s Department requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and arrest Bell in May of 2018.

On August 9, 2018, Bell, 53, was arrested Dennisport, Massachusetts when located by U.S. Marshals and Detectives from the Dennis Police Department.

Bell has criminal history that spans both Vermont and New York dating back to the mid-90’s. His arrests include lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, selling drugs to a minor, sexual assault with a victim under 10 years old, sexual assault with a victim under 13 years old and violation of probation. Acting Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont, John Curtis stated, “this case is an example of great police work. Putting bad guys like this in jail is exactly why we come to work each day. Fugitives think they can run to another state and hide but they fail to realize we never stop looking for them.”

Bell’s arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service, District of Vermont, District of Massachusetts, the Dennis Police Department in Massachusetts, and Rutland County Sheriff’s Department.
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