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.
Clyde Malcolm Hall Jr., 47 years old, 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.
Hall is the first fugitive to be featured on digital billboards in a deal the U.S. Marshals Service and Clear Channel Outdoor signed Thursday, 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 Thursday.
Clyde M. Hall Jr. has had a number of jail mugshots taken through the years. Here are some of them.
The U.S. Marshals say Hall is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 175 pounds, sometimes wears eyeglasses and has a black cat tattoo on his upper left arm.
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, and started abusing drugs and alcohol at age 9. His father kicked him out of the home at age 16, and after being sexually assaulted, he supported himself as a prostitute for a time. He served prison sentences in Maine and New York for convictions involving sexual contact with 10-year-old girls. The New York conviction was in January 2000 for sexually abusing a girl in Essex County in the Adirondacks in 1999. The girl was the daughter of a woman Hall was living with at the time.
Hall later underwent a rehabilitation program for pedophiles at a federal prison in North Carolina, but court documents attest that many officials felt he was not sufficiently reformed.
The federal government has tried to keep Hall institutionalized, 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. The judge said it was difficult decision, since Hall still seemed to have urges for underage girls, but concluded that Hall did not meet the standard of a sexually dangerous person who can be confined against his will.