Waynesburg police apprehend Maryland sex offender

January 17, 2014
Paul Luther Kennedy

WAYNESBURG – A registered sex offender being sought by the state of Maryland on a fugitive warrant was apprehended by Waynesburg Borough Police Friday.

Acting on a tip, Officer Marcus Simms took Paul Luther Kennedy, 30, currently of Cumberland, Md., into custody. Kennedy’s primary residence is listed in the sex offender registry as 15718 Rockville St, Lonaconing, Md. He was apprehended by Simms at the Pecjak’s Sunoco Station on East Greene St. about 9 a.m. without incident.

Kennedy received a sentence of one year in jail with 10 months and 26 days suspended for a fourth-degree sexual offense Nov. 10, 2011, in Allegany County, Md., according to court records. He spent just one month and four days in jail before being released on a sentence of 3 years probation.

According to the Maryland sex offender registry, Kennedy was 24 years old when he sexually abused a teenager on multiple days in November 2007. He is required to register as a tier one sex offender for 15 years.

Kennedy violated his parole in 2011 and again in December on alleged theft charges. He is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 28 in the District Court of Allegany County, Md., for the most recent theft charge.

Kennedy told police he walked from Cumberland to Waynesburg and wasn’t sure why he decided to run. He said he has family in several locations between Cumberland and Pittsburgh.

Kennedy was placed in the Greene County jail pending his return to Maryland on the warrant. His bail was set at $25,000 straight cash.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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