A violent sex offender who was on the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List was captured this morning after the MSP’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section developed information that he was living in Pennsylvania under a false identity.
RICHARD SEASE, 47, was taken into custody shortly before 7 a.m. when members of the Pennsylvania State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and United States Marshals made entry into an apartment at 756 Garden St. in Meadville, Penn. SEASE was transported to the Crawford County Jail and charged in Pennsylvania as a Fugitive From Justice. U.S. Marshals are considering federal sex offender charges under the Adam Walsh Act. SEASE is being held on a $500,000 bond.
SEASE is wanted by the Massachusetts State Police and the Grafton, Hadley and Worcester Police Departments. He is believed to have fled Massachusetts around May 2013 after an arrest in Worcester.
SEASE was added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List in April 2014; at that time he was the subject of nine outstanding Massachusetts warrants charging him with stalking; carrying a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime (murder); two counts each of failure to register as a Level 3 sex offender and criminal harassment; and five counts of violating a harassment prevention order.
During the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section’s Central Team’s investigation into SEASE’s whereabouts, troopers learned that he was a suspect in an Ashtabula County, Ohio, rape, during which the victim was allegedly drugged. SEASE was further wanted in Ohio at the time for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in that state. While attempts to locate and arrest SEASE in Ohio were unsuccessful, VFAS continued working with Ohio authorities throughout the investigation.
Yesterday, VFAS troopers developed information that SEASE was possibly staying in Pennsylvania under a false identity. Further investigation by the VFAS Central Team confirmed an address for SEASE as 756 Garden Street in Meadville. Working conjunctively, VFAS and the Pennsylvania State Police coordinated an arrest plan to commence early this morning, resulting in SEASE’s capture.
Massachusetts prosecutors will work with Pennsylvania authorities to arrange SEASE’s rendition to this state. VFAS also notified Ohio authorities of his capture.
The assistance of the public in this case was crucial to the capture of SEASE. VFAS received information through their 1-800-KAPTURE tip line that proved essential to investigators.
No further information is being released at this time.