Fugitive sex offender from Manatee arrested in South Carolina

MANATEE -- A convicted sex offender from Manatee County wanted since 2004 on federal child pornography charges has been arrested in South Carolina, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The FBI on Monday arrested Roy Hyatt, 62, after the "America's Most Wanted" television program received a tip that he was working at a church in Columbia, S.C.

Hyatt had been convicted in 1996 on three counts of attempted lewd and lascivious conduct in Manatee County and designated as a sexual offender. He molested three girls, ages 12, 11 and 9, during an outing at a local beach.

Hyatt had met the girls' parents while working at a local church, according to "America's Most Wanted."

In 2004, the FBI obtained arrest warrants for Hyatt on child pornography charges, but he fled prior to being arrested. He had been in hiding ever since, according to a news release.

In 2005, the sheriff's office obtained a warrant charging Hyatt with failing to notify the state of his address, which violated his sexual offender obligations.

The Hyatt case was featured on "America's Most Wanted" in January and August 2008, according to the program's website.

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