U.S. Marshals capture escaped child molester in Tucson - Tucson News Now

U.S. Marshals capture escaped child molester in Tucson

(Source: Pima County Sheriff) (Source: Pima County Sheriff)

By James Bennett / Tucson News Now and Rachel Kingston / WIVB-TV, Buffalo, N.Y.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A child molester from New York was caught by U.S. Marshals at a mobile home in Tucson on Friday after spending nearly a month on the run.

Paul Turley, 47, was booked into the Pima County Jail with his wife Friday night. He was being held without bond Saturday night, awaiting extradition.

The Dunkirk, N.Y., man fled during jury selection for his trial in Niagara County, N.Y., on Jan. 23. He was convicted in absentia for molesting two children. 

His wife and dogs were with him until they were apprehended.

"He panicked, I suspect. I also suspect he knew he was guilty," Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante said Saturday.

Investigators missed the Turleys once, by a few days, in Wisconsin.

But that was not the case in Arizona, where the couple was staying with an acquaintance and former western New Yorker.

"The Marshals in Tucson did an outstanding job," U.S. Marshal Charles Salina said in New York. "They set up a surveillance on the mobile home and observed him smoking a cigarette; they made entry and took him into custody."

Turley's trial in January continued without his presence, and the jury was never told why he was absent from court.

Turley was convicted of molesting two children, each around 6-years-old at the time, from 1996 until 1998.

Both Turleys were arraigned Friday night, Paul for absconding and Diane for helping her husband run from the law.

"She will be indicted for hindering prosecution, which is a felony," Violante said. "She will either plead (guilty) to that charge, or go to trial on that charge. She will not be offered any plea bargain."

Turley will be sentenced on his child molestation conviction April 19.

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