By Steve Neavling
FBI agents never gave up their pursuit of John Martin, a Boston-area resident who was accused in 1993 of raping two young boys when he was 23 years old.
The perseverance paid off. After more than two decades on the run, Hartin’s freedom ended when the FBI knocked on his door in Walkertown, North Carolina.
“The case never stopped being actively investigated,” said Special Agent Brooks Broadus, a member of the FBI’s Boston Division Child Exploitation Task Force. “We were always looking.”
The FBI launched a multi-state media campaign in 2012 to find Hartin, but that wasn’t enough. So recently, the FBI “started looking at the case again with fresh eyes and went back to Day One. We sought out Hartin’s family and friends and began to conduct new interviews,” said Boston Police Department Det. Mike Sullivan, a member of the Child Exploitation Task Force.
Sullivan added: “It was old-fashioned detective work that led to Hartin’s capture.”