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US Marshals arrest missing Vermont sex offender in Oregon

James Rivers - Lane County Jail booking photo

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says a missing sex offender from Vermont has been arrested in Oregon.

The Marshals say 55-year-old James Rivers was arrested May 16 in Cottage Grove, Oregon, by deputy marshals and local police. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Authorities say Rivers was living out of a van and using the alias Jason Rush.

Rivers was required to register as a sex offender stemming from a 2009 conviction. He's been missing since March 2016.

Rivers previously served time in prison after being convicted of second degree murder for the 1984 killing of a man with whom he had been involved in an arson plot that destroyed a St. Johnsbury building.

Records show that Rivers burned the building and killed a co-conspirator.

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