Last updated: June 26. 2014 2:01PM - 3196 Views
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KINGSTON TWP. —A convicted child sexual offender from Oregon wanted for skipping registration requirements was captured when township police investigated a fight on Cedar Avenue Wednesday night.

Kevin Elwood Garey, 46, was one of two men found hiding in a garage at about 8 p.m., police said.

Police said a records check showed Garey was non-compliant with registering his name as a transient sexual offender with state police when he relocated from Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police website says Garey was convicted of first-degree sexual assault involving a 9-year-old child in Whitley County, Oregon. He was registered in Kentucky as a move-in offender from Oregon, with an address on Robert E. Cox Road in Corbin, Kentucky, according to the website.

Garey was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on two counts of failure to comply with registration requirements. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police investigated a fight on Goeringer Avenue, and spotted two women walking on Cedar Avenue.

The two women told police they were drinking at 126 Cedar Ave. where two men got into a fight.

Police went to the Cedar Avenue residence and spoke with Robert Shotwell, who said he was involved in a fight with a friend and the friend had left. Shotwell told police he did not know his friend’s name, the complaint says.

An officer looked into a garage through a broken window and saw two men hunched down attempting to hide.

Police said Garey was found to be a lifetime sexual offender registered in Kentucky, according to the complaint.

Garey allegedly told police he has been staying at different residences since he relocated to Pennsylvania about six months ago, the complaint says.

Police said Garey was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for stitches.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 10 before District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township.

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