CLEARFIELD – A fugitive sex offender, Henry Lee Cutler, 24, of Clearfield has been captured in West Virginia, announced District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. today.
On Nov. 11, 2014, Sergeant Greg Neeper of the Clearfield Borough Police Department filed a criminal complaint against Cutler. He charged Cutler with failure to comply with registration requirements.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Megan’s Law Section of the Pennsylvania State Police sent an investigation request to the Clearfield Borough police to verify the residence and location of Cutler. On Nov. 3, 2014, officers went to the Smith Street address that Cutler had registered as his residence and determined that it had been vacated and that Cutler was no longer living there.
On Nov. 10, 2014, officers made telephone contact with Cutler and directed him to appear for the purpose of registering his current address. Cutler failed to register a new address and his location was unknown. Neeper secured a warrant for Cutler’s arrest on Nov. 11, 2014.
On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service in West Virginia received information that Cutler may be located at a residence in Weirton, W. Va. Upon entering the residence, marshals were advised that Cutler was not present; however, a resident later recanted, stating that Cutler could be found upstairs in the house.
Marshals then began to search the residence, and Cutler, who was hiding in the attic, fell through the ceiling and was taken into custody. Cutler is currently incarcerated in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, W. Va., with pending extradition to Pennsylvania.
Shaw thanked the U.S. Marshals Service and the Clearfield Borough police for their efforts in apprehending Cutler. Shaw also noted that cases of this nature are extremely important, and every effort is made to locate sexual offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements.
Shaw stated that anyone with knowledge of fugitive’s location is asked to call the 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.”