Fugitive indicted for failure to register as sex offender

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By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man who had been wanted on two out-of-state fugitive charges until he was found hiding in an apartment in April was formally indicted by a federal grand jury last month. 

Bryan Yarnell Huntley, 34, 3402 Caroline Court, was charged in a one-count indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, Section 2250(a) of the U.S. Penal code, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

The federal grand jury in Columbia returned the indictment June 18.

Huntley was wanted in North Carolina for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. 

A group of local sheriff’s deputies and police officers tracked down Huntley. He was arrested April 25 after he was found hiding at Caroline Court.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were contacted by the U.S. Marshals Service in Columbia after getting a tip that Huntley might be hiding at the public housing complex, which is off Springdale Road. 

Officers went to an apartment in the 3400 block of Caroline Court and were given permission by the resident to conduct a search, where they found Huntley in a back bedroom, the report said. 

“This is a matter of him not following the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act,” said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw in an interview just after Huntley was arrested. 

“This was somewhat similar to ‘Operations Lights Out’ that federal marshals conducted with us here just before last Halloween to make sure they are complying with the law,” he said. 

Signed into law in 2006, the act organizes sex offenders into three tiers, with each tier regulating different registration requirements. The act mandates that Tier 3 offenders (the most serious tier) update their whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements. 

Tier 2 offenders must update their whereabouts every six months with 25 years of registration, and Tier 1 offenders must update their whereabouts every year with 15 years of registration. 

Failure to register and update information is a felony. Sex offenders are required to register in the county where they live. 

Records showed that one of Huntley’s last known addresses was in Monroe, N.C. When sex offenders move, they must re-register in the new county where they live within three business days. 

According to court records, Huntley was convicted on charges of indecent liberties with a minor and kidnapping against a minor in February 2004. His parole was scheduled to run until April 2015, but he was released from prison in 2010.

Previous arrests

Huntley was arrested again Aug. 20, 2011, by Lancaster police officers after a  disturbance at Caroline Court.

A woman told officers Huntley came to her home unannounced and extremely intoxicated shortly after midnight, according to a police department incident report. 

Police later spoke with him on the woman’s porch and reported he was “extremely intoxicated” and “staggering while standing in place.”

Huntley repeatedly cursed at the officers, ignored orders to remain on the porch and tried to enter the woman’s home, the report said.

He was then arrested for disorderly conduct.

At the Municipal Justice Center, Huntley was uncooperative with police, challenged an officer to a fight and threatened the life of another officer, the report said.

Lancaster officers later learned he was wanted by authorities in Union County, N.C., for failure to register as a sex offender.

The failure to register case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service, with assistance from the Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Huntley’s case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamie Lea Nabors Schoen of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Nettles said Huntley could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.  


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416