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July 27, 2013

Carnival worker ID'd as fugitive

Beverly: Police made discovery through routine background check

BEVERLY — A Maine man wanted on charges of hindering a murder prosecution in that state was found Thursday working at a carnival sponsored by the Beverly Education Foundation outside Beverly High School.

Sebastian C. Moody-Dabney, 22, described in court documents as homeless, was working for Cushing Amusements of Wilmington, which had been hired to run the fundraising carnival.

Beverly police Sgt. David Richardson said Moody-Dabney was identified through a routine background check performed on all carnival workers passing through the city, something the city has been doing for a number of years.

He was charged locally with being a fugitive from justice. He pleaded not guilty to that charge yesterday during his arraignment in Salem District Court, and agreed to waive extradition to Maine.

“I just can’t wait to go back,” he told Judge Matthew Machera, as he was handed a waiver to sign. “I’m going to waive the rights and go back to Maine today.”

Maine state troopers were expected to pick him up at the courthouse by the end of the day yesterday.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that Moody-Dabney is one of several men charged in connection with the slaying in April of a man named Romeo Parent, 20, in Lewiston. Moody-Dabney allegedly made misleading statements. Another man has been charged with causing Parent’s death.

The warrant for Moody-Dabney was issued on May 9, shortly after he was indicted on the charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Larry Cushing, who runs the family-owned Cushing Amusements, said the company did a criminal background check on Moody-Dabney when he was hired in April, before police had issued a warrant for him.

“There’s no way we knew this was coming,” Cushing said. “If you do a background check and something happens in the interim, you have no control over that.”

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