Escaped Fairfield County Inmate Captured

By
Associated Press

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Updated Thu, Feb 23, 2012 7:43 am

Authorities have captured an inmate who apparently escaped from a southeast Ohio jail facility by using socks to protect his hands as he climbed a barbed wire fence.
    
The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office says Jeremiah Searles and two other individuals were taken into custody Wednesday evening in Fayette County by deputies acting on a tip.
    
Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen says charges are pending in the case.
    
The 31-year-old Searles, discovered missing from a Fairfield County jail facility shortly before midnight Monday, was being held on a Missouri warrant for deviant sexual assault and local charges including obstruction, falsification, criminal trespass and narcotics possession.
    
The sheriff is looking into whether a felony sex offender belonged at the minimum-security jail site and reviewing whether neighbors were properly notified.
 

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