PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Pawtucket man who was previously convicted of indecent assault on a person under the age of 13 pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney Zachary Cunha said Wednesday.
According to charging documents, after his release from prison in Pennsylvania, Antonio Medina-Santiago, 34, failed to register as a sex offender, as required by law.
Arrest warrants for Santiago-Medina were issued by the Philadelphia Police Department in December, 2022 and by the P.A. Department of Corrections the next month.
Further investigation by the United States Marshals Service determined that Santiago-Medina had relatives in Rhode Island and that in May, 2022, he began using federal benefits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He lived with his mother before getting his own apartment in Pawtucket.
On June 1, law enforcement approached Medina-Santiago while he was walking near his apartment and he ran from them and barricaded himself inside behind a locked steel door. About 30 minutes later he surrendered to police.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22, 2024.