Man Wanted for 1993 Child Rape Charges in Massachusetts Arrested in North Carolina

46-year-old John J. Hartin, a former Boston resident, was arrested at his home in Walkertown, North Carolina, where he was known as Jay Matthew Carter

A former Massachusetts man has been arrested in North Carolina after being a fugitive from child rape charges for more than two decades.

John Joseph Hartin was wanted for allegedly sexually abusing two boys he befriended in the Boston area in 1993. Hartin fled after being charged with five counts of child rape.

In 2012, the FBI ran a multi-state media campaign and offered a reward of up to $25,000 in the case.

The FBI and Boston police said Thursday that they learned Hartin was living in Walkertown, North Carolina, under the assumed name of Jay Matthew Carter. The 46-year-old Hartin was arrested at his home Wednesday.

Authorities are seeking Hartin's extradition from North Carolina. It's not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

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