Convicted sex offender captured in ND cornfield

By the Associated Press | October 5, 2011 | 5:30 PM EDT

TOWER CITY, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a convicted sex offender who escaped a prisoner transport van has been captured in a North Dakota cornfield.

Authorities say farmers and SWAT team members joined together to flush 29-year-old Joseph Megna from a cornfield Wednesday.

Local, state and federal officials had searched for Megna since authorities say he fled a private company's van Tuesday about 45 miles west of Fargo.

Barnes County Chief Deputy Don Fiebiger said Megna was arrested in Florida. Fiebiger said Magna was being taken to Washington state to face charges of child molestation and another sexual assault offense.

The Forum in Fargo reports that Megna was convicted in Washington state in April 2009 on two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.