U.S. marshals find Hanover sex offender

John Joyce

A convicted sex offender who fled a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections halfway house in July 2015 is back in custody after U.S. Marshal Service deputies found him in Illinois, federal agents said Saturday.

Andrew Lyter

According to a news release, Andrew Lyter, 39, of Hanover, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender and absconding from probation. He is being held in Cook County Prison awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Lyter's conviction as a sex offender came in September 2001. He was convicted in Dauphin County of sexual abuse of children. As part of Megan's Law — a federal law enacted in 2006 and adopted in other forms at state levels — Lyter has since been required for life to register as a sex offender.

In 2014, while serving probation for previously violating Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, Lyter registered his home address in Hanover, the release said. By early 2015, however, Lyter's parole was revoked, and he was sent back to prison.

After he was transferred from prison to a halfway house in July, Lyter disappeared.

Deputy marshals in Harrisburg investigated and obtained information that Lyter was living in a suburban Illinois town about an hour west of Chicago. Fellow marshals in Illinois' Northern District located and arrested Lyter without incident.

U.S. Marshal Martin Pane issued a statement after the successful operation.

"The U.S. Marshal Service is dedicated to its sex offender apprehension mission and prioritizes offenders who repeatedly violate their registration requirements. They will be tracked down and brought to justice," Pane said.