The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 13, 2013

Beckley man is arrested in Ohio

United States Marshals in Commercial Point, Ohio, arrested a carnival worker on Monday who was wanted by the West Virginia State Police on four counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

Robert Harry Whittamore was convicted in 1996 of sexual assault and first degree criminal sexual misconduct in Michigan.

Both victims in the cases were under the age of 13, according to Supervisory Deputy J. Honaker of the U.S. Marshals office in Charleston. In August 2012 Whittamore fled the Beckley area and did not register his address in the national sex offender registry — mandatory for all sex offenders.

Whittamore had gained employment with the traveling Midway Carnival Company. Marshals and law enforcers from the Southern Ohio Felony Apprehension Strike Team learned the carnival was in Commercial Point.

They arrived in Commercial Point and arrested Whittamore, transporting him to the Pickaway County Jail in Ohio.

He is awaiting extradition back to West Virginia, Honaker said.

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