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Fugitive turns himself in after more than six years.

Byline: The Register-Guard

The U.S. Marshals Service can finally remove Donald Quant's photograph and wanted poster from its website.

Quant, a fugitive since January 2004, surprised authorities on Tuesday when he walked into the U.S. Courthouse in Eugene and surrendered.

He will now begin serving the 18-month federal prison sentence handed down to him after his conviction in a child pornography case, officials said.

Quant, 57, posted bond after he was sentenced in November 2003 in federal court in Portland, and did not return as ordered to begin serving his sentence, court records show.

Quant declined to tell authorities how he spent his time on the run, other than to say that he hitchhiked Tuesday from California to Eugene.

"Out of nowhere he walked up to the federal courthouse and said, 'I'm here to turn myself in,' " said Mark Barr, supervisory deputy in Eugene for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Quant lived in Tualatin before his 2001 arrest on child pornography charges, court records show.

Quant is one of 10 fugitives whose photo and wanted poster are featured on the Oregon U.S. Marshals Service Web page.
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Date:Oct 21, 2010
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