Earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania State Police, as the law requires, circulated a flyer in the area of Gifford Pinchot State Park alerting residents that a “sexually violent predator” was living in a tent in the park.
The response on social media was immediate, Pinchot Park being a popular summer destination for families. They ranged from “I think permitting them to live in a state park is unacceptable” to “This is a family place. That should not be allowed” to “They should leave him to rot in prison” to “Better find a new place before hunting season because I’m sure someone might (accidentally) take him out.”
The subject of the flier is a man named Elmer Alvin Duncan, 66, who, in September 1990, was convicted of rape, statutory rape and related charges and sentenced to seven and a half to 15 years in prison, according to court records. His victim was a 6-year-old girl, according to the records. Upon his release in February 2005, he registered as a violent sexual predator. But in 2006, he was arrested in Florida for failing to register and for failing to pay child support.
According to the state police flier, Duncan is homeless and living in the park in a tent. It was not clear how long he had been living in the park. The flier also warned, in red letters, “The information in this flier in intended for community safety purposes only and should not be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass. Misuse of this information may result in criminal prosecution.”
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It’s also not clear where Duncan is living in the confines of the park. Camping in the park is limited to 14 consecutive days, according to the park’s website, but it is not clear whether Duncan could camp for two weeks, leave for a day or two and return for another two-week stint.
Michael Plish, the park’s assistant manager, said park rangers know where Duncan is camping and are keeping an eye on him. He said he could not disclose the location of Duncan’s camp.
“We’re monitoring the situation,” Plish said. “But unless he violates his parole, there’s not a lot we can do.”
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