U.S. Marshals arrested a convicted sex offender, formerly of Dover, in Tennessee on Friday for allegedly failing to update his address as required by Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, according to federal authorities.
Joseph Allen Lim, 22, was arrested by marshals in Jacksboro, Tenn., and is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
"This case demonstrates the U. S. Marshals' commitment to locating non-compliant sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration requirements, especially those that flee across state lines to do so," U.S. Marshal Martin Pane said in a news release.
Lim plead guilty to a single count of sexual abuse of children in York County Common Pleas Court in September 2010.
As part of the sentence, which included a prison term of nine to 23 months and five years' probation, Lim had to register as a sex offender for life, according to online court documents.
Released: When Lim was released from prison in July, he listed a Straban Township, Adams County, homeless shelter as his address.
Lim apparently moved between a Dover address, a York homeless shelter and other locations in August and failed to report the address changes to state police, authorities said.
After he didn't meet with a probation officer in September, state police obtained an arrest warrant, charging Lim with violating sex offender laws.
On Thursday federal authorities took over the case and arrested Lim in Tennessee the following day.
Officials are investigating Lim to see if violated the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which designates the U. S. Marshals Service as the federal agency responsible for helping local and state authorities locate and arrest convicted sex offenders who fail to comply with Megan's Law requirements.
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