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Alleged California sex offender arrested in Vernal

Alleged California sex offender arrested in Vernal

(Uintah County Jail)


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VERNAL — A paroled sex offender being sought by authorities in California was arrested Thursday in Vernal.

Jerome Cleveland Maston, 28, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop near 4200 S. Vernal Ave., according to Vernal police detective Shaun Smith.

The arrest came two days after the Uintah Basin Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, working with the U.S. Marshals Service, learned that Maston might be in the Vernal area, Smith said. Vernal police, Naples police and Uintah County sheriff's deputies took part in the arrest.

Maston has a lengthy criminal history in California, according to investigators. A judge in Bakersfield issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest on March 9 based on Maston's failure to participate in GPS monitoring that is required as a condition of his parole, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Officers booked Maston into the Uintah County Jail for investigation of failure to register as a sex offender in Utah. He could also face federal charges for crossing state lines without complying with sex offender registry laws, Smith said.

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