Marshals: Convicted sex predator on the run arrested in Vermont

Ernest Eugene Reigh

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — A convicted sex predator who vanished after he was released from a Florida prison without registering his address was caught Friday.

The U.S. Marshals say Ernest Eugene Reigh was found at a homeless shelter in Burlington, Vermont. Marshals got a tip, investigated and watched the building until they spotted Reigh leaving. He was quickly taken into custody.

Reigh was convicted of sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 1995. He was an assistant at the St. Lucie County Jail until 1995 after the victim told investigators he had forced her to perform sexual acts for about two years. He also admitted that he lied during trial when he said he was falsely accused. Around that time, he also admitted to selling a machine gun for $500 prior to his arrest. He was found guilty of perjury, adding an additional year to his sentence.

Marshals say Reigh was going by a false name, had grown out his hair and had also grown a beard and mustache. He is scheduled for an identity hearing in a Burlington court on Monday.