The U.S. Marshals have added a man convicted as a child predator in Essex County to the agency's list of its 15 most wanted fugitives after he failed to report to a halfway house in New York following his release from prison earlier this year.
The 47-year-old Clyde Hall Jr. is registered in New York as a Level 3 sex offender, the state's most dangerous sex offender classification. Authorities say he failed to report to a halfway house in March after serving a two-year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.
Officials say Hall has a criminal history dating back to the 1980s. Court documents show he was physically, emotionally and sexually abused as a child, started abusing drugs and alcohol at age 9 and supported himself as a prostitute after his father kicked him out of the home at age 16. He served sentences in Maine and New York for sexual offense convictions involving 10-year-old girls. The New York conviction was in January 2000 for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in Essex County in the Adirondacks. The girl was the daughter of a woman Hall was living with at the time.
Clyde M. Hall Jr.
Clyde M. Hall Jr. 1999 arrest photo from Essex County
He later underwent a rehabilitation program for pedophiles at a federal prison in North Carolina, but court documents attest that he was not entirely reformed.
The federal government has tried to commit Hall to an institution, but in January, a federal judge in the Fourth District Court of Appeals affirmed a prior district court decision that there was not enough evidence that Hall is sexually dangerous.
Hall is the first fugitive to be featured on digital billboards in a deal the U.S. Marshals Service and Clear Channel Outdoor signed today, to use the company's nearly 1,000 digital billboards to help catch most-wanted fugitives. Similar to Amber Alerts for missing children, the Marshals' "hot pursuit messages" featuring fugitives are shown on these digital billboards throughout the day. A "hot pursuit message" for Hall went out today.