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Convicted sex offender Joseph Megna talks to the reporters following his capture on Wednesday in Tower City, N.D. Megna, who fled a private transport company's van Tuesday while being moved from Florida to Washington state, was caught on Wednesday after farmers and officials worked together to flush him from a cornfield. Michael Vosburg / The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead / Forum Communications

Bail set at $100,000 for sex offender fugitive

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VALLEY CITY, N.D. - A registered sex offender who fled a prisoner transport van and led authorities on a 22-hour manhunt that ended with his capture Wednesday in a Barnes County cornfield has been charged with escape here.

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The charge, filed this morning in Barnes County District Court, accuses 29-year-old Joseph Matthew Megna of escaping from the transport van at the Oriska rest area while being held in custody for felony extradition to Washington.

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