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Ex-weatherman convicted in sex assault nabbed in Ukraine

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A former television weatherman from Cambria County who fled after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl has been captured in Ukraine.

James Patrick Holcomb, 43, who was known on television as Jay Patrick, was arrested Thursday by Ukrainian authorities in Kiev, where he was living under an assumed name, U.S. Marshal Thomas Fitzgerald said.

Holcomb, a meteorologist on WJAC-Channel 6 in Johnstown, was being held under house arrest while awaiting sentencing when he fled the United States in March 2005, court documents show.

He has since been charged with forgery, theft and receiving stolen property for writing bad checks and stealing money in the days before he fled, Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Tom Lieden said.

"After four years of running from the law, Patrick will finally be held accountable for crimes he was found guilty of in 2004," Fitzgerald said.

Court records show Holcomb was charged by the West Hills Regional Police Department in March 2003 with nearly 200 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault against a person younger than 13, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Cambria County Deputy Sheriff Bob Tutko said the victim was a 6-year-old girl.

According to court records:

Holcomb pleaded no contest in November 2004 to a single count of aggravated indecent assault against a child and two counts each of indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Holcomb was sentenced to five months' probation after being convicted of violating a protection-from-abuse order filed by his former wife in Somerset County. The violations occurred in June 2003.

The U.S. Marshal's Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force searched for Holcomb in a number of states and followed leads throughout Asia and Europe. Holcomb was captured with the aid of the FBI and the Diplomatic Security Service.

Federal marshals will escort Holcomb back to the United States and he will be turned over to Cambria County authorities.

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