Shawn Kevin Fake
Shawn Kevin Fake

Federal agents arrested a former York County man in Ohio Wednesday on nearly 30 charges of sex offenses against children.

Shawn Kevin Fake, 45, of the Dover area had been on the run since 2011, when York City Police filed 28 sex assault-related charges against him, including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 13, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Fake allegedly had inappropriate contact with two children, according to state police.

In the three years Fake was on the lam, local and state police, as well as marshals, pursued leads across Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. Fake wound up on the Pennsylvania State Police 10 Most Wanted List, but he was able to avoid arrest by using false names and living as a homeless person, a news release from the marshals says.

Arrest: Fake, who was not carrying identification, again attempted to use a false name and denied who he is when confronted by police and federal agents inside a home in Warren, Ohio, early Wednesday morning, the release said.

Despite the alleged attempt hide his identity, authorities took Fake into custody without incident.

Agents and police went to the house after they received a tip that Fake might be there, the release says.

"I greatly appreciate the exceptional work and cooperation from the U.S. Marshals Service in capturing this dangerous and elusive fugitive," said Frank Noonan, the state police commissioner.


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Members of the marshals service's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Warren City Police, Youngstown Police, Pennsylvania State Police, York City Police and the York County Sheriff's Office aided marshals in the investigation to find Fake.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.