TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man wanted for "grooming" and sexually abusing 5-year-old boy for several years has been arrested in Tallahassee.

The US Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force (FCRFTF) announced Thursday the arrest of Garrick Landon Bloom, 46, for the offenses:

  • Rape of a Child, Felony 1 (216 counts)
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child, Felony 1 (216 counts)
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault of Child, Felony 1 (216 counts)
  • Statutory Sexual Assault, Felony 2 (216 counts)
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Felony 3

Bloom was being sought by the Pennsylvania State Police, Clarion, PA after investigators determined that Bloom had committed the above offenses on a then 5-year-old male child whom Bloom had “groomed” for several years.

A warrant was issued for Bloom on January 16, 2019 but Bloom fled the area prior to his arrest.  The fugitive investigation was adopted by the US Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force on February 4, 2019.

On Thursday, information was received that Bloom was possibly in the Tallahassee, FL area and at approximately 11 a.m. members of the FCRFTF located Garrick Landon Bloom in the 2700 block of Municipal Way, Tallahassee, FL. 

Bloom was arrested without incident by task force members and transported to the Leon County Jail.  

Bloom will be held in Leon County Jail pending extradition proceedings back to Pennsylvania to face the above felony charges. The accessory charge was dismissed during a hearing in January since the law states someone cannot simultaneously be an accessory in a murder they've been convicted of.