A convicted sex offender on the run for 18 years was arrested Thursday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.
Michael Cherry, 48, was apprehended in in Washington, D.C., due to the joint efforts of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The two agencies have been sharing leads and information and yesterday took Cherry into custody after detectives confirmed he was living in a home on Wylie Street in the nation’s capitol.
Cherry was found hiding under a bed and then tried to provide false identification before ultimately admitting to being the wanted man.
Cherry was convicted of committing a lewd, lascivious or indecent assault on a 14-year-old girl and sentenced to five years probation, but fled in 1992.
He was arrested for violation of probation and will be brought back to Sarasota County.