Sex offender arrested at Bloomingburg construction site


Lawrence Pierce

BLOOMINGBURG - A Pennsylvania man was arrested at a construction site in Bloomingburg Friday morning after police said he failed to update his sex-offender registration.

Lawrence Pierce, 55, of Matamoras, Pa., was working independently at the site of the Bloomingburg Jewish Education Center, a girls school on Main Street, Friday morning when State Police out of Wurtsboro arrested Pierce on a fugitive-from-justice warrant. Pierce had failed to comply with the requirement to register as a sex offender, a felony offense, according to the arrest warrant issued by the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department.

Pierce had been living at the Apple Inn in Matamoras, Pa., State Police Troop F Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said, but when local police checked on him, they discovered he had checked out of the inn and not registered a new address. Pierce is required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 1999 conviction for lewd conduct with a minor in South Carolina.

Police found him at the school construction site Friday morning, and he was arrested without incident. Pierce typically registered his new addresses, and he told police he had been living out of his truck in the inn parking lot because he could not afford rent, Nevel said.

There are no students at the school, and none of Pierce's arrest records indicated he was not allowed to work on the construction site. Michael Fragin, a spokesperson for the Bloomingburg Jewish Education Center, which is owned by developer Shalom Lamm, said Pierce was working as a freelance handyman and offered his services to one of the contractors on the site, Ray Builders. Pierce was not an employee of Bloomingburg Jewish Education Center or its contractors.

Pierce was arraigned in Town of Mamakating Court Friday morning and taken to Sullivan County Jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania.

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