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The U.S. Marshals Service, working in conjunction with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, has arrested a violent Levy County fugitive that fled to Mexico in 2002, according to a LCSO press release.
Stephen Ray Douglass, 62 was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. Douglass was convicted in 1989 for brutally raping a woman. During the sexual assault, he intimidated his victim and threatened her with retaliation if the victim disclosed the crime.
Douglass served a prison sentence and was designated a sexual offender required by law to register his residence for life. Douglass failed to register and after 2002 his whereabouts were unknown. A warrant was signed by Levy County Judge Joseph Smith and bond was set at $ 10,005.
Through a lengthy investigation the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force sent a lead to the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona indicating Douglass was living in San Luis Colorado Sonora, Mexico. The marshals were able to coordinate Douglass' arrest as he entered the United States.
On Feb. 2, Circuit Judge David Glant signed the paperwork for Douglass' arrest tand increased his bond to $1 million dollars.
Douglass has also been arrested for aggravated assault, battery with a weapon, aggravated battery and sex offenses.
He is in jail in Yuma, Ariz.