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Marriage license nabs wanted man

Federal authorities used a marriage license to track down a man wanted in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Ross was found in central Ohio the day before his wedding. WBNS-TV in Columbus reports that Ross, 41, had been wanted since 2006 for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender.

U.S. Marshals arrested him Saturday at his fiancee’s home in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.

Authorities say they found Ross through a marriage license issued for the couple.

WBNS reports the wedding was canceled and authorities were working to extradite Ross to Washington to face charges.

It was not clear where Ross was being held. He could not be reached for comment.

--- WBNS-TV

By Washington Post staff  | October 14, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
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I wonder if his woman is reconsidering marriage now?

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

She dodged a bullet.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

She broke off the engagment and plans to move, and the original crime was about a 15 year old.

all I got here: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/crimetracker10/stories/2010/10/13/story-gahanna-wanted-sex-offender-arrested-before-marriage.html?sid=102

Posted by: Greent | October 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Its a shame how many ppl are registered sex offenders for consenual sex between two adults.

Posted by: bobby20 | October 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Its a shame how many ppl are registered sex offenders for consenual sex between two adults.

Posted by: bobby20 | October 14, 2010 3:50 PM
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Let's revisit your perspective when it's YOUR 15-year-old daughter ...

Posted by: gitouttahere | October 14, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this guy's been on the run for 5 years now and only got caught because he applied for a marriage license.

I guess that he hasn't needed a new *drivers' license*, or a job or an apartment or anything that would *also* require him to show ID, huh? No paychecks for the guy in 5 years? Aren't we lucky that he didn't get his name changed.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Our Federal tax dollars were spent to catch this guy? He was convicted of a single misdemeanor 11 years ago. Sounds like a Romeo and Juliet case (older teenage boy having consensual sex with younger teenage girl). He simply failed to register and the Feds go after him like he is Pretty Boy Floyd.

Posted by: emilyleonard | October 14, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

emilyleonard wrote: "Our Federal tax dollars were spent to catch this guy? He was convicted of a single misdemeanor 11 years ago. Sounds like a Romeo and Juliet case (older teenage boy having consensual sex with younger teenage girl). He simply failed to register and the Feds go after him like he is Pretty Boy Floyd."

Your math skills are a bit rusty there Emily; your character needs a little work also. Eleven years ago he was 30 and the victim was 15. Does not sound like two teenagers to me! People like you are the problem.

Posted by: numbersch13 | October 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Lets think about this...man was previously married, has kids, vehichle, job...gets paid and has to update driver license and it took them 4 yrs to find him....maybe the state marshalls should be focusing on people who have committed more serious crimes....so he did not register as a sex offender.....yes it is a crime and you are suppose to but they act as if this man killed someone.....the crime happened 11yrs ago and is a misdemeanor charge....dont misunderstand me depending on what happened with the minor child who was 15 and yes he was 30 should not have happened but back then you could do something stupid and get this stupid lable...i think the news has blown it locally out of control wow columbus ohio has a lot of crime and they are running wild with this story. I do feel bad that the fiance did not know about his past and yes if you are spending or planning on spending your life with someone then you probably should tell them about certain skeletons in your closet like this. Also ask yourself this...why did they not find the exwife and ask her were he was after all he does have his kids with him according to the local story and from the neighbors and yes the exwife is still in contact with him....

Posted by: seriouslynow2 | October 14, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this is a poor use of the federal marshals? This man had one offense 11 years ago, and the 15 year old involved was not a stranger. This makes him a low-level, low-risk offender, and one who has apparently stayed on the straight and narrow until he balked at the registration requirements and went AWOL. He was trying to start a new life and move on, but, federal marshals to the rescue, he will now most likely be incarcerated for the offense of failure to register and cost the taxpayers however much it costs to keep him there instead of letting him move forward and become a contributing member of the community. I think the federal marshals should be catching some real criminals.

Posted by: shelomith_stow | October 15, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

It shouldn't matter that the offense was 11 years ago! He still did the crime and broke the law again by not registering!

Posted by: KAB8 | October 15, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it does matter that the offense occurred 11 years ago. For every year an offender remains new-offense free, the risk of his re-offending decreases. The registry is SUPPOSED to protect the public from dangerous predators who are at medium to high risk of re-offending. Everything about him--11 years offense free, single victim (as opposed to multiple victims), a misdemeanor charge, meaning no violence, most likely consensual or if not consensual then touching only, and the victim being known to him rather than a stranger--indicates the lowest of low risks or danger to the community. Most on the registry are like him. We pay untold millions a year of our taxes to support a registry to protect us from people from whom we don't need protecting while the number of cases of sexual assault against children continues unchecked because 99% of those assaults are committed by persons not on the registry with up to 96% being those in the children's families and circle of family friends. What is wrong with this picture?

Posted by: shelomith_stow | October 15, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

All these years later, and they find him through a marriage registry? I can't really blame him for not registering. The registry does nothing to protect our children, and creates a whole lot of anger, and hate in people. This registry is used for scapegoating. It makes the good citizens of our country feel superior, it gives them a group of discriminated against individuals, whose civil rights as human beings are violated on a daily basis. The children of this group of humans suffer. Are we trying to protect the children??? If so look to your own families, relatives, freinds, ect. Check the Justice Department and the studies they have done. You may start to think reasonably. The word sex offender does not necessarily mean threat. The recidivism rate is 5.4% and much lower for those who have gone years without reoffending, and even lower for those with therapy. Become educated, and check out what is really going on.

Posted by: matthewhobbs444 | October 16, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

All these years later, and they find him through a marriage registry? I can't really blame him for not registering. The registry does nothing to protect our children, and creates a whole lot of anger, and hate in people. This registry is used for scapegoating. It makes the good citizens of our country feel superior, it gives them a group of discriminated against individuals, whose civil rights as human beings are violated on a daily basis. The children of this group of humans suffer. Are we trying to protect the children??? If so look to your own families, relatives, freinds, ect. Check the Justice Department and the studies they have done. You may start to think reasonably. The word sex offender does not necessarily mean threat. The recidivism rate is 5.4% and much lower for those who have gone years without reoffending, and even lower for those with therapy. Become educated, and check out what is really going on.

Posted by: matthewhobbs444 | October 16, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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