Kansas man wanted for sex crimes arrested in Bellingham

A Kansas man wanted on multiple charges of sexual assault and indecent actions with a child has been arrested in Bellingham.

Corey Brian Harrell Sr., 45, fled Kansas after a warrant for his arrest was issued in December 2013 on three counts of rape, eight counts on aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Harrell was believed to be hiding out in Washington, with a plan to keep on moving in his flight from Kansas authorities. With help from the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force, Harrell was found Thursday, April 9, at a Bellingham home and arrested, according to the Marshals Service. He was being held at the Snohomish County Jail pending extradition to Russell County, Kansas.

Information on exactly where in Bellingham he was arrested was not immediately available.

“Catching dangerous child predators is a priority for the Marshals Service,” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Craig Beam. “In spite of the great efforts that fugitive sex offenders employ to avoid arrest and prosecution, the U. S. Marshal Service will relentlessly pursue them until they are captured.”