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IPD arrests fugitive from Washington State

A man billed as one of Washington’s Most Wanted was arrested by the Ironton Police Department Thursday morning.

Nicholas Smith, 22, was arrested at about 8 a.m. at 916 1/2 Center St.

Nicholas Smith, 22, was arrested at about 8 a.m. at 916 1/2 Center St.

Nicholas Smith, 22, was arrested at about 8 a.m. at 916 1/2 Center St.

He is a Tier III sex offender wanted for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl in Washington State.

Detective Joe Ross of the IPD said his department was contacted Wednesday night by U.S. Marshals from Columbus that Smith was in the area.

In addition to the rape charge, Smith was also wanted for failure to register as a sex offender in Mason and Kitsap counties in Washington.

Ross said Smith was arrested without incident.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office also aided in the IPD and marshals with the arrest.

A Tier III sex offender is the most serious classification where the offender must register for life.