Authorities say a fugitive sex offender, living under an alias for the past seventeen years, has been arrested in Newport.
The Highway Patrol and Carteret County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old Mark Colvin of 805 Chatham Street. Authorities say he has been living under the alias of Eric Franklin Birchfield.
Troopers say Colvin attempted to avoid a drivers license checking station when he was arrested.
Sheriff's detectives fingerprinted Colvin and learned his real identity and that he is listed as an absconder from probation and a registered
sex offender from Florida.
Florida officials say Colvin was convicted of sexual molestation of a 14 year old child and fled the state seventeen years ago.