PORTLAND — One of the U.S. Marshals Service’s most wanted fugitives – a man described by federal agents as a career, violent sexual predator – was arrested on Congress Street on Thursday morning.

Clyde M. Hall Jr., 48, who was one of the agency’s 15 most wanted fugitives, was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m., said Dean Knightly, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service in Maine.

Marshals and members of the Maine Violent Offender Task Force saw a man fitting Hall’s description walking near City Hall. Hall did not resist arrest.

Knightly said Hall once lived in Maine, and at one time had family members living here. He said he did not know why Hall left New York to come to Maine, or how long Hall may have been here.

Knightly said he could not disclose what information led agents to Hall.

Hall had been on the run since March 2012, and was added to the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted List in September 2012.

He was featured on the “America’s Most Wanted” television program, in a show that aired in June 2012. The program detailed Hall’s violent history dating back to 1985. New York classified Hall as a Tier III sex offender – the most dangerous category.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Hall is a drifter who has been known to frequent school properties and watch children as they come and go from playgrounds. Hall was diagnosed as a sociopathic, psychosexual sex offender with a history of preying on women and children.

Authorities said Hall is sexually attracted to adolescent girls, and has an interest in younger boys. He has admitted to sexually abusing two 10-year-old girls and forcibly raping two women.

The Marshals Service said Hall served a 25-month sentence in North Carolina before he was released in March 2012. He was required to report to his probation officer and to a halfway house in Albany, N.Y. When he failed to report, the state of New York issued a warrant for his arrest.

Knightly and U.S. Marshal Noel March said they are not aware that Hall committed any crimes in Maine but if they determine that he did, he will be charged.

“If a fugitive chooses Maine to hide out, he has made a big mistake,” said March in a news release.

Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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