A Patagonia resident turned himself in on Monday morning after local authorities learned about an active warrant for his arrest in Delaware.
Gregory Whitcoe, 48, was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender, according to Patagonia Marshal Joe Patterson.
Patterson wrote in a news release that his department had learned about the case on Saturday, Oct. 19, and made efforts to locate Whitcoe on Sunday, Oct. 20.
On the evening of Oct. 20, Whitcoe called the Marshal’s Office and said he would turn himself in the next day.
The arrest was made shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, Patterson told the NI in a phone call.
An April 2018 post on a Delaware news website showed that a man with Whitcoe’s name and date of birth had a 2008 arrest warrant for possession of child pornography and a 2012 warrant for failure to verify address.
A spokesman for the Newark Police Department in Delaware, which issued the warrant served in Patagonia, said it was issued in 2012 after Whitcoe failed to re-register as a sex offender within three days of changing his address.
The spokesman said police in Delaware are prohibited by law from releasing information about a person’s criminal history, and state criminal court records are not available to the public online, making it difficult to determine the specific circumstances that led to Whitcoe’s requirement to register as a sex offender.
The spokesman also said he did not have information as to how Delaware police finally located Whitcoe in Patagonia, and it was unclear how long Whitcoe had been living in the local area.
However, he appeared to be hiding in plain sight. Whitcoe operated a graphic design company called G Whitcoe Designs and is listed as CEO, lead designer and photographer in a brief bio on the company’s website, which also includes his photograph. A phone number listed on the site has a Delaware area code.
Two of the top hits from a Google search for “Gregory Whitcoe” return a link to the page showing him on the Delaware State Police most wanted list in April 2018, as well as a link to Whitcoe’s business website. Detailed information about G Whitcoe Designs also appears in the emphasis box at the top right of the page, including its street address.