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'Most Wanted' suspect arrested in Merced

A 74-year-old man featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" is sitting in a cell at the Merced County Main Jail.

Paul Clouston, a convicted cop killer, child molester and one of the U.S. Marshal's Office's 15 most wanted fugitives, was arrested by Merced County sheriff's deputies and U.S. marshals.

They found him at a residence in the 500 block of Henry Street in Merced, according to the Sheriff's Department. Agents from the U.S. Marshal's Office received a tip that Clouston was staying at the home from a person who recognized Clouston's profile on the America's Most Wanted Web site.

Clouston, who'd been a parolee-at-large since 2005, was profiled on the program three years ago. He was employed as a maintenance worker at a group home in Merced.

Clouston was convicted in 1973 on second-degree murder charges for the 1972 death of police officer Darrel "Bud" Cate in Buena Park.

He was released in 1982.

He was indicted on 17 counts of sexually abusing children in the Williamsburg, Va., area in 1991, pleaded guilty to seven of the charges and was returned to prison. He was paroled in 2005, but failed to register as a sex offender.

He's scheduled to be extradited back to Virginia.

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