A convicted child molester has disappeared in Florida

Ernest Reigh’s Florida Department of Corrections photo
Ernest Reigh’s Florida Department of Corrections photo

U.S. Marshals want the public’s help in finding a child molester with a history of carrying firearms and attempting sexual assault on children. And they’re offering a $2,000 reward for that help.

Ernest Reigh, five-six, 160 pounds, was released from Florida’s prison system March 1 after doing 19 years for lewd and lascivious behavior and indecent assault on a child under 16; attempted sexual assault on a victim under the age of 12; and perjury. Now, law enforcement doesn’t know where this convicted sex offender is.

After he was dropped off in Fort Pierce, Reigh was to be living in the 100 block of South U.S. 1. He never reported to the Federal Probation Office, nor did he register his address with the St. Lucie County as required of convicted sex offenders.

U.S. Marshals say Reigh admitted to once selling a machine gun for $500. There’s a $2,000 reward for information leading to Reigh’s arrest. Marshals believe he might be on the way to North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Crotty at 305-710-7395 or Task Force Officer John Brady at 954-707-2457.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal