Federal fugitive found camping in Black Smith Fork Canyon

LOGAN — Deputies arrested a federal fugitive from Kansas last Saturday, who was camping in Black Smith Fork Canyon.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said 54-year-old Allen Eugene Lemley was staying in an RV in the canyon when they found him. A deputy patrolling the area became suspicious, when he ran a background check on the RV’s license plate. It came back showing that it was owned by Lemley who was wanted by U.S. Marshals for sexually assaulting a child.

“It was great work by our deputy, who had a hunch something didn’t look right and it turned out to be a big arrest,” said Peterson.

When deputies questioned Lemley, he provided them a false ID and forged documents.  He had attempted to change his appearance by coloring his hair black.  He had also been visiting a local gym and lost about 60 lbs.

Peterson explained that as deputies continued to investigate they determined the man was Lemley and wanted out of Ellsworth County, Kansas. He was wanted on one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under 14 and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. U.S. Marshals had issued the warrant and a $1000 reward for his arrest in May 2015.

Lemley was arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail. He is charged with one count of forgery, a third-degree felony, and false identification, a class A misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear again in court Monday.

Deputies believe that Lemley had been living in the area for some time.

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