A 37-year-old Ludington man, listed as one of Michigan's top ten most wanted sex offender absconders, is behind bars once again in Mason County.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police said they arrested Craig Walter Hatfield around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Ludington State Park. Hatfield was wanted by the State Police Lapeer Post on a felony charge of failing to comply with sex offender registry requirements.
Police said Hatfield had not been properly registered since June of 2012.
Hatfield's offenses include criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree assault and criminal sexual conduct 4th degree (victim between 13-16).
As of November 29, 2012 Hatfield has a warrant out for his arrest in St. Clair County for failing to show up for arraignment in October of 2012. He was going to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge for a sex offender failing to comply with the registration act.
The St. Clair County Prosecutor's Office said Hatfield was convicted of a felony for a second offense as a habitual offender and was sentenced to 6 months in the county jail in April of 2012.
Hatfield was identified by a fingerprint indexing system after a recent arrest by another police agency. The arrest was made for a traffic offense with Hatfield using an alias.
Troopers were assisted by the Mason County Sheriff's Office.