A man who was arrested for luring children into his vehicle in Waymart and Texas Township once again appeared in the Wayne County Courthouse Thursday
-A man who was arrested for luring children into his vehicle in Waymart and Texas Township once again appeared in the Wayne County Courthouse Thursday.
Jeremiah T. Wareham, 29 of Pittsburgh, was in court for a hearing that never happened. He stipulated that he is a sexual violent predator, meaning he agreed with the court, so a hearing was unnecessary.
He was sentenced earlier this year for luring female children between the ages of 11 and 13 into his vehicle in Texas Township on May 27, 2012 and in Waymart on June 13, 2012.
Wareham was apprehended in Elkton, Md., by the Cecil County Sheriff's Office and the Elkton Police Department on June 22, 2012. Wareham was arrested at a WaWa convenience store and he was caught with a loaded and cocked .45 caliber pistol.
He had been charged with numerous felonies related to an incident in Waymart Borough.
At that time, police issued press releases saying they were looking for Wareham. An affidavit of probable cause was filed in Wayne County and stated that Wareham attempted to lure three female children into his vehicle. After failing to lure the children, Wareham fled the scene.
District Attorney Janine Edwards said that later, he abandoned his vehicle and ran into the woods armed with a handgun. Police searched the area but were unable to locate Wareham, who then became a fugitive.
Edwards had praise for Waymart Borough Police Sgt. Keith Rynearson "for his work in locating Wareham in Maryland." She also thanked law enforcement officials in Maryland "for their excellent police work in apprehending Wareham."
Edwards said "weapons related charges" are expected to be field in Maryland against Wareham.
Edwards said a detainer has been lodged against Wareham in Maryland and he "will be extradited back to Pennsylvania in due course to answer the charges pending against him here."
According to earlier reports, Wareham had an existing felony arrest warrant for criminal attempted kidnapping and attempting to lure a child into a vehicle.
He was sentenced in two separate cases, to a State Correctional Facility for a period of not less than 19 months nor more than 96 months for one count of Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, an ungraded Misdemeanor, three counts of Luring a Child Into a Motor Vehicle or Structure, graded as a Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree and one count of Open Lewdness, graded as a Misdemeanor of the 3rd Degree.
He was also ordered to pay all court costs, pay a fine in the amount of $300, undergo a sex offender evaluation and submit to the drawing of DNA sample and pay $250 for the cost of the sample.
The first incident occurred on May 27, 2012, in Texas Township. The second incident occurred on June 13, 2012, in Waymart Borough.
Wareham is now required to register with Pennsylvania State Police regarding his whereabouts for the rest of his life. All of his information, including his photo, will be posted on the Megan's Law website.
Community members of wherever he is living will have notification of his status as well.
“Given the nature of his crime, trying to lure young girls into his vehicle, notification to the public of his location when he is released from prison is essential and just,” Edwards said after court Thursday.