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Sex offender arrested in Longs after failing to register

David Knight (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) David Knight (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Horry County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals arrested a Massachusetts man at his home in Longs after he failed to register as a sex offender as required by law.

David Knight, 39, was arrested on Tuesday. Knight is charged with failure to register as a sex offender by Worcester PD in Massachusetts and violating sex offender registration laws by the U.S. Marshals. 

Knight, after being convicted of an indecent assault on a child under 14 on school grounds in 1990, was required to register as a sexual offender for life. 

The United States Marshals Service says they began working the case earlier this year after Massachusetts authorities exhausted all local leads in looking for Knight. 

The Sex Offender Investigations Branch of the U.S. Marshals worked with the Horry County Sheriff's Office to look for Knight after Massachusetts authorities got information that Knight was living in the Longs area. 

Following a short investigation, Knight was spotted at a house in the 2300 block of Plantation Drive, living with his wife and four children. Authorities moved in on Tuesday, and Knight was arrested without incident.

"The U.S. Marshals have the unique responsibility to prosecute sex offenders who leave South Carolina and come into South Carolina," said Kelvin Washington, the U.S. Marshal for the Palmetto State. "We aim at keeping our communities a safe place and keeping a close eye on those who violate the law."

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