U.S. Marshals on Tuesday arrested a wanted Nashville sex offender shortly after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added him to its most wanted list.
Marshals in Ohio tracked Christopher Wayne Federico, 33, whose last known address was 2405 Pafford Drive in Nashville, to a relative’s home in Tupper’s Plains, Ohio, around 1 p.m. Tuesday, not two hours after the TBI issued a release adding Federico to its most wanted list.
Agents found Federico “huddled with his mother in a closet” under clutter, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Danny Shelton. His mother, Janet Federico, was arrested for obstructing justice.
Christopher Federico was wanted by the Metro Nashville Police Department for assault, resisting arrest, evading arrest, violating his probation and violation of the sex offender registry, according to an earlier TBI release.
He was found with two underage girls during a home check on July 26. The two girls, ages 14 and 6, were found in a crawlspace in a bedroom after Federico said they weren’t in his home.
Federico allegedly assaulted a police officer and fled on foot.
He was convicted of attempted aggravated sexual battery in 2005, and the 14-year-old was Federico’s original victim. She was 8 years old at the time of the offense.
His criminal history includes sex offenses, driving on a suspended license and writing worthless checks, according to the TBI.
U.S. Marshals, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole were involved in the investigation.
Federico was taken to the Meigs County, Ohio, jail pending extradition to Tennessee.