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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

U.S. marshals and Harrison Township police arrested a convicted sex offender over the weekend who allegedly failed to alert authorities of his recent address in the Natrona section of Harrison.

Martin Girdler, 56, of 1 Walnut St., Boathouse Bar and Hotel, is in the Allegheny County Jail on straight bond of $5,000, according to a jail spokesman.

Girdler was taken from his Walnut Street address without incident by U.S. marshals and township police, according to Mike Klein, Harrison police chief.

According to the state's so-called Megan's Law, after completing prison terms, people convicted of child luring, sexual child abuse and about 18 other categories must report their addresses, job status and other data to state police annually for 15 years.

The law is named for a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was molested and killed in 1994 by a neighbor who had been convicted of sex crimes against children.

Girdler's sex offender status is based on a 2002 conviction of possession of child pornography in Colorado, according to Klein.

According to a patchwork of records in several states, Girdler lived in Madisonville, Ky., until June 28, according to Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard of the Kentucky State Police.

“He was compliant when he left here,” Saint-Blancard said.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or

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