• Dennis McCaslin

Pope County officials seeking whereabouts of non-complaint Level 2 violent sex offender

Joseph Peter Berge III

A 35-year-old sex offender from Washington state who been living at a residence in the 3800 block of Alpine Meadows Road in Russellville has failed to register with authorities and is now considered an absconder.

While there is no active manhunt at this time, deputies are making a concerted effort to locate Joseph Peter Berge III. Berge was convicted in October of 2013 of Third Degree Sexual Molestation of a Child in Skamania County, Washington.

A tip to the Pope County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Berge had and failed to register as a sex offender as required by law. One person has been arrested for hindering and obstructing apprehension in his case.

.Berge is a violent-high level 2 sex offender. He has been arrested previously for failing to register.

He is described as being 5"7 and weighing 155 pound. He has red hair and hazel eyes, a tribal tattoo on his upper right arm and a circular scar on his right forearm.

If you have any information on Berge, please call the Pope County Sheriff’s Office at 479-968-0911.

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