Career sex offender on US Marshals ‘15 Most Wanted’ fugitives list arrested in Portland

Posted Oct. 03, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 03, 2013, at 8:13 p.m.
Clyde Hall Jr.
U.S. Marshals Service
Clyde Hall Jr.

PORTLAND, Maine — A fugitive and career sex offender on the U.S. Marshals ‘15 Most Wanted’ list was arrested Friday.

Clyde Hall Jr., who violated conditions of release and failed to register as a sex offender, was apprehended in Portland by members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Maine Violent Offender Task Force.

Deputy U.S. marshals in Albany led the investigation, which involved the Maine task force. Investigative leads directed the deputies to Portland, and a man matching Hall’s description on Congress Street was taken into custody without incident.

Deputy U.S. marshals booked and processed Hall in Portland, where he made an initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge. He awaits a return to Albany. A date has yet to be set for a revocation hearing.

“Clyde Hall is a violent convicted sex offender who was a threat to innocent, law-abiding citizens,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton said Friday in a news release. “Deputy U.S. Marshals make it a priority each day to locate and apprehend sex offenders who fail to comply with state registry requirements designed to keep the public safe. Hall’s arrest today makes our communities safer.”

Hall was released from the Butner Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina in March 2012 after serving a 25-month sentence based on his conviction in the Northern District of New York for violating the Adam Walsh Act as a convicted sex offender.

Conditions of his release required him to report to a halfway house in Albany, N.Y. However, he failed to meet with his assigned probation officer and check in at the halfway house, prompting the issuance of an arrest warrant on March 12, 2012.

Hall was added to the 15 Most Wanted list Sept. 12, 2012, and is the first person added to the list who had violated the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

When Hall was added to the list, authorities said Hall has a violent and abusive criminal history dating to 1985 with prior convictions for assault and multiple sex offenses. He is clinically diagnosed as a sociopathic psychosexual career sex offender and the state of New York labeled him a Tier III sex offender, its most dangerous sex offender classification.

Authorities also warned that Hall was sexually attracted primarily to adolescent girls but also was attracted to younger boys. They said Hall admitted to sexually abusing two 10-year-old girls and raping two adult women and that his condition requires a high degree of clinical supervision and dictates he must participate in sex offender treatment.

“If a fugitive chooses Maine to hide out, he’s made a big mistake,” U.S. Marshal Noel March of the District of Maine said of the arrest. “The men and women of our Maine Violent Offender Task Force make it their priority to investigate, locate and apprehend those who are wanted by the courts, regardless of the jurisdiction from which they are on the run.”

The “America’s Most Wanted” television program featured Hall in June 2012 and detailed his violent, abusive history.

U.S. Marshal David McNulty of the Northern District of New York expressed his gratitude to the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service in Northern New York and throughout the country who devoted countless hours to ensure this career sex offender was taken off the streets.

“Hopefully, his apprehension will mean he never has the chance to victimize anyone ever again,” McNulty said.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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