The United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky has announced that Lane Robert Weidner has been apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Hollywood, FL.
Weidner has been wanted by Kentucky authorities since 2008 on a warrant charging him with failure to comply as a sex offender. He was convicted in the state of Wisconsin, in 1998, for possession of child pornography. Upon release from prison, Weidner moved to Lexington, KY, where he registered as a sex offender. In 2008, Weidner absconded from Lexington resulting in the warrant being issued for his arrest by the Fayette County District Court.
Following an extensive three year investigation, U.S. Marshals in Lexington, developed information Weidner was concealing his whereabouts in south Florida. On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, Weidner was arrested by a team of U.S. Marshals, inside an apartment complex in Hollywood, FL. Weidner was booked into the Broward County Detention Center, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In addition to the outstanding Kentucky charges, U.S. Marshals in Florida, will conduct an investigation to determine if Weidner can be charged under federal law for violations of the Adam Walsh Act. The Adam Walsh Act allows for federal prosecution of sex offenders who travel interstate and do not register with state authorities as required by law.
Lane Weidner is the third non-compliant sex offender to be arrested since “Operation Bluegrass Corral” was conducted in December, 2011. The operation was conducted by federal, state and local police to enforce sex offender compliance laws on all registered sex offenders living in Fayette County.
Two offenders remain at large: Antonio Luis Angel Fuentes and Kenneth Martin.