UPDATE – SEX OFFENDER CAPTURED

Claire Houdeshell

Claire Houdeshell

CLEARFIELD – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced the capture of a wanted fugitive.

Shaw identified the Fugitive as Claire Anthony Houdeshell, II, age 50, of Lingle Street, Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania.

On July 23, 2013, Trooper Justin Jones of the Pennsylvania State Police, Clearfield Barracks, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Houdeshell with Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements, F2, 2 Counts, and secured a warrant for Houdeshell’s arrest. An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the Complaint states that Houdeshell failed to comply with state registration requirements for convicted sex offenders. Upon investigation it was found that Houdeshell had moved out of his registered residence, and it was unknown where he was currently residing.

Shaw stated that an anonymous tip to the Pennsylvania State Police provided the location of Houdeshell. On July 25, 2013, Officers from the Clearfield Borough Police Department apprehended Houdeshell at the Clearfield County Fair Grounds, and he was taken into custody without incident.  At the time of apprehension, Houdeshell was working at the Fair Grounds.

Houdeshell was arraigned and bail was set at $25,000.00. A Preliminary Hearing will be scheduled at a later date. Houdeshell is currently lodged in the Clearfield County Jail.

Shaw stated that this case shows the value of Megan’s Law and mandatory reporting of sex offenders.  Shaw explained that by law the State Police are charged with managing the mandatory reporting and registration of sex offenders.  Shaw said the State Police have developed an excellent system for identifying those sex offenders who fail to register or report as required by law.  Because of that system, “we were able to identify and apprehend a sex offender
who failed to comply with registration requirements and who was working at the count y fair in close proximity to individuals who are vulnerable to predatory behavior”, Shaw said.

Shaw stated that the District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement in Clearfield County will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.  Shaw explained that individuals required to register and report as sex offenders should see this case as an example of what will occur for failure to register as required by law. 

Shaw thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the Clearfield Borough Police Department for their immediate response in resolving this case.  Shaw also thanked the private citizen willing to make a phone call and assist law enforcement in locating a wanted sex offender.

Anyone with knowledge of a Fugitive’s location is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.  

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime”.   

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