Mon., 5:16 pm: Marshals search for sex offender in Warren-Niles

A convicted sex offender who has failed to register with authorities is being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service.

And marshals believe 47-year-old Dennis Russell Nagle, also known as Rusty, could be in the Warren-Niles area.

In December 2006, Nagle pleaded guilty to attempted gross sexual imposition after he confessed to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl. Nagle was sentenced to five years probation and required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

In January 2009, Nagle was arrested for failure to notify his change of address (as a registered sex offender) and violating his probation. In March 2009, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison, but in April 2010 he was released on post-release control and directed to report to the Volunteers of America in Mansfield for treatment.

Nagle returned to Niles, to visit friends and family after his release, but never reported to the VOA, nor did he report to his parole officer in Mansfield. For more than three years, Nagle has been on the run and has not registered as a sex offender anywhere in the United States, according to task force members.

The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force initiated a fugitive investigation on Nagle in December 2010 and conducted numerous interviews of his friends and family.

Throughout the last three-plus years, investigators have determined that those friends and family members have lied and misled investigators as to his whereabouts. In 2012, it was learned that for most of 2011 Nagle was living with a family member in Warren but other family members withheld that information.

Throughout 2013, according to the fugitive task force, they have received tips that Nagle has been seen in Warren and Niles but the leads went nowhere. The task force is asking for assistance from the public to provide information as to Nagle’s current whereabouts. Someone knows where he is hiding and those who continue to harbor this wanted fugitive will be prosecuted accordingly, according to the task force.

The NOVFTF is also offering a significant reward for information that leads to Nagle’s arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the task force at 1-866-4-WANTED. Tipsters may also text the keyword “wanted” and send a tip to 847411 or go to a link at Tipsters may remain anonymous.