SPOKANE, Wash. -

An escaped violent sex offender who was reportedly spotted in Eastern Washington has been arrested in Virginia by U.S. Marshals.

Eric Eugene Hartwell, 51, cut off his ankle monitor and escaped from Denver a week ago.

The first possible sightings of Hartwell in the Inland Northwest started Thursday. Several students reported seeing him on Eastern Washington University's campus.

According to The Denver Channel, Hartwell was found in a motel where he refused to open the door. The Marshals broke down the door and took him into custody.

Hartwell was convicted of raping a 6-year-old in 1991 and attempting to rape a pregnant teen in 1996.

Hartwell does have convictions in Washington and had previously escaped from parole in this state.