The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) report a fourth member of the MSP Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender List was captured Feb. 9 after state troopers directed Florida police to the suspect’s location, according to the Westborough patch website.
Officers from Florida’s Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert H. Griggs, Jr., 51, at the Green Wave Motel on Palm Beach Boulevard in Fort Myers. Sheriff’s deputies were directed to the location after Trooper Steve McDonald of the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section developed information that Griggs may be staying at a motel on or near Palm Beach Boulevard.
Griggs, who is classified as a high risk Level 3 offender by the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, is wanted by the Fitchburg Police Department for failure to register as a sex offender as required by law. He was required to register because of a 1994 conviction in Massachusetts for open and gross misconduct and lewd and lascivious behavior and a 1995 conviction in Texas for aggravated sexual assault on a child.
Griggs was booked at the Lee County jail and will be held pending his rendition to Worcester County to answer to the failure to register warrant.
Griggs is the fourth member of the Top Ten Most Wanted Sex Offender List to be captured since the list was updated by State Police and the Sex Offender Registry Board last week. Last week, Level 3 offenders Caesar J. Delgado, Steven M. Hescock, and Franklin C. Miller were captured.