GREENVILLE, S.C. — A convicted sex offender who evaded authorities for nearly 11 years following his conviction has been arrested in South Carolina.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reports the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office report says 68-year-old Thomas Eddie Ferguson was arrested Tuesday.
Ferguson was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison and five years of probation in September 2006, after pleading guilty to third-degree sexual conduct in connection with the 1992 rape of an 18-year-old girl.
Ferguson never reported to prison. Deputies believed he moved around South Carolina, Florida and Georgia while working as a carpet cleaner and in the hospital uniform retail business.
He is now charged with failure to appear after release for a felony, failure to register as a sex offender and escape. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
Information from: Anderson Independent-Mail, http://www.andersonsc.com