Tier III Sex Offender caught after over a month on the run

UPDATE 8/20/2019- Jason Babcock, Public Information Officer for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has said the Paul D. Panholzer was located and arrested on Monday, August 19, 2019, in St. Mary’s County.

There is no further information available at this time.

In Maryland there are three tiers of registrants:

  • You go on Tier I, which lasts 15 years, if you are convicted for fourth-degree offenses, such as possessing certain kinds of pornography or peeping.
  • Tier II lasts 25 years and is reserved for distributing pornography and any other third-degree sex offense.
  • Tier III, which is lifelong, is for convictions for the very serious crimes of incest, kidnapping, the sale of a minor, and murder of assault with the intention of raping.

Convicted offenders must register at different intervals. Tier I and Tier II offenders report to authorities every six months. Tier III registrants must report every three months.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.- Advisory: Police have cleared the Trossbach Road area in Dameron. If anyone observes Paul Daniel Panholzer W/M 6-01 200lbs. call the Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: At 1:50 p.m. the Helicopter has left the area.

A notification(From Ring.com) has gone out that the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a fugitive named Paul Panholzer described as 6’1″, red hair, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

A reader of the Southern Maryland Chronicle provided images of the area near Shipwreck Court. The alert lists Trossback Road as an area of interest also.

A Sheriff’s vehicle has been spotted on the road and a helicopter has been seen patrolling the area.

This is a developing story and the Chronicle will bring you more when the information is available.

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