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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

U.S. Marshals Task force RECOVERS MISSING child while arresting sex offender

Mansfield, Ohio – The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) in conjunction with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority (APA), arrested Brian Moroney (21) on April 19, 2023. The arrest was made in the 2400 block of Trimble Rd. in Mansfield, OH.

Moroney was wanted by the APA for a parole violation stemming from a previous conviction in 2019 of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. As a result of that conviction Moroney is a registered sex offender in the state of Ohio.

During the arrest, a 15-year-old who was with Moroney, and previously reported missing to the Mansfield Police Department, was recovered by officers and returned to their guardian.

Moroney was subsequently transported to the Richland County Jail and booked on his outstanding charges. Further charges against Moroney are pending investigation.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott stated, “Protecting our communities, and specifically our youth, from predators needs to be a top priority for law enforcement. This case highlights that need. Our officers did a tremendous job at identifying this and acting swiftly. I commend them and their efforts.”

Anyone with information concerning a wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833), or you can submit a web tip. Reward money is available, and tipsters may remain anonymous. Follow the U.S. Marshals on Twitter @USMSCleveland.

The NOVFTF Mansfield Division consists of the following federal, state and local agencies:

United States Marshals Service, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Richland County Probation, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Bucyrus Police Department, Crestline Police Department, Galion Police Department, Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington Police Department, Loudenville Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ontario Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, and Willard Police Department.

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