Television show leads to sex case arrest

Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A man facing sex charges in North Carolina was captured in Texas, ending a decade on the run, following a television broadcast, officials said.

FBI officials in Charlotte, N.C., say Jack Allen Poteat, 46, was caught Tuesday morning in Rockwall, Texas, the Charlotte Observer reported.

A profile of Poteat was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted" last weekend and someone in Rockwall recognized him, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Authorities say Poteat tried to flee when he saw police approaching his Rockwall home and suffered minor injuries when his truck crashed.

Poteat was indicted in June 1999 on first-degree statutory rape and other charges in what police say was a relationship with a 13-year-old girl in Monroe, N.C.

Poteat failed to show for trial Oct. 19, 1999, and federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution were filed in July 2000.

"After more than a decade, most fugitives may begin to believe they've beaten the system, but this case proves we won't give up the chase," said Aaron Ford, acting special agent in charge of Charlotte's FBI office.

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