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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Federal Fugitive Wanted by U.S. Marshals Arrested in Mexico



Fugitive failed to register as a sex offender violating Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law

Harrisburg, PA – Today, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced the arrest of Harrison Michael Rineholt, 40, wanted for violating the Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.

On December 10, 2012, Rineholt was convicted of sexual abuse of children in York County, Pennsylvania, and as a result of that conviction, was required to register as a sex offender. In May 2014, he registered his home address in the 300 block of West Market Street, York. In July 2014, the York City Police Department learned that Rineholt moved from his home without updating his sex offender registration. On August 27, 2014, York City police authorities obtained an arrest warrant charging Rineholt with violations of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law and requested that the U.S. Marshals Service apprehend Rineholt.

Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Harrisburg office determined that Rineholt had fled to Mexico. On December 17, 2014, Rineholt was indicted in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania for traveling in interstate and foreign commerce and knowingly failing to update his sex offender registration.

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Marshals developed significant information regarding Rineholt’s whereabouts. On March 13, 2015, Rineholt was arrested in Mexico and deported to the United States, where he was taken into custody by Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Southern District of Texas pending his extradition to Pennsylvania.

U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane said, “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 named the U.S. Marshals Service as the agency responsible for apprehending sex offenders who disregard their registration requirements – even if they flee the country to do so. Rineholt’s capture was a direct result of numerous domestic and international law enforcement agencies working together.”

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