Fugitive Florida sex predator caught in Vermont

Posted at 2:46 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 18:48:03-04

Ernest Eugene Reigh

U.S. Marshals were warning residents that a wanted Florida man may have been traveling through North Carolina and Virginia.

Marshals said there was a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Ernest Eugene Reigh.

Reigh was captured in Burlington, Vermont on Friday.

Before his capture, Reigh was last seen in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Reigh’s criminal record includes sexual assault of a girl under 12 years old in 1995. She was a Southport Middle School student at the time.

Marshals said Reigh worked as an assistant in the mid 1990s at the St. Lucie County Jail, but was suspended in March 1995 after the middle school student told investigators he had forced her to perform sexual acts for about two years.

After his release from prison, Reigh was dropped off at the a Greyhound bus stop.

His address was supposed to be in the 100 block of South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce.

Reigh failed to report to the Federal Probation Office and to register his address with the St. Lucie County Jail.

Reigh was considered a wanted absconded sexual predator with a history of carrying firearms.