Authorities have offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Florida registered sex predator who hasn’t been seen since his release from state prison.
U.S. Marshals said Ernest Eugene Reigh was last seen in Fort Pierce, Florida but they believe he may be in North Carolina or headed to Pennsylvania - where he has relatives.
He was released from a state prison on March 1 but failed to register his address with the St. Lucie County Jail.
Investigators said his criminal record includes the sexual assault of a girl under 12-years-old in St. Lucie County in 1995.
He worked as a jail assistant in the mid 1990s, but was suspended in March 1995 after the middle school student told investigators he had forced her to perform sexual acts for about two years.
In 1996, Reigh was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts and sentenced to prison.
After his release, he was dropped off at a Greyhound bus stop in Fort Pierce. His address was supposed to be in the 100 block of South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, but he failed to report to his probation officer.
Officials said Reigh is considered a wanted absconded sexual predator with a history of carrying firearms. He’s bald with blue eyes, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs about 160 pounds.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Crotty at (305) 710-7395 or Task Force Officer John Brady at (954)707-2457.