While investigating the sexual assault of a 1-year-old Carroll County boy, Maryland State Police have found and arrested a convicted child molester who had eluded authorities in Washington state for a decade, a spokesman said yesterday.
The Carroll Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit encountered fugitive James A. Gregory, 58, in Baltimore and found out that he was wanted by authorities in Spokane, Wash. for violation of parole, police said.
State police said they arrested Gregory, who was living in the 400 block of W. 24th St., on Aug. 19. He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center, charged with being a fugitive from justice, pending extradition by Washington state authorities.
Gregory was sentenced to 42 months beginning in Oct. 1990 for child molestation, according to Washington State Police. He disappeared in April 1993 while on parole, authorities said.
Maj. Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said no other charge has been lodged against Gregory. There has been no arrest in the sexual assault of the 1-year-old.
That investigation started two weeks ago, Shipley said, after two pediatricians, including a forensic pediatrician at Carroll County General Hospital, identified bruises and marks on the child as consistent with sexual assault.