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Convicted rapist hiding out in Costa Rica finally arrested

The FBI and Pennsylvania law enforcers may soon get their hands on a bail jumper accused of harming a young female relative. The man was released on bond in Montgomery County in January 2011. Immigration records show the defendant fled the U.S. less than one month later for Costa Rica.

 

The man was facing trial for crimes involving the repeated sexual abuse of a girl, identified by authorities as a 13-year-old member of the accused man's family.

 

The defendant is charged with the criminal acts of rape, indecent assault, incest, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor. An arrest warrant was issued when the man fled from prosecution.

 

A routine visa check by immigration officials in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in June ended with the U.S. visitor's arrest. Authorities took the man into custody because he had overstayed a tourist visa. According to a media outlet, Costa Rican officials were unaware the man was wanted on Pennsylvania sexual abuse charges until two days later.

 

The defendant initially appeared in Costa Rica in Feburary 2011. The man made more than one dozen visits to the country before his arrest. At no time did he try to disguise who he was.

 

The tourist apparently slipped through immigration without a problem because Costa Rican immigration authorities were not notified the man was wanted for crimes in the U.S. Reports said, despite FBI involvement, an international crime alert was not issued for the missing defendant's arrest.

 

A Pennsylvania court apparently misjudged the defendant's flight risk when it granted bail -- a mistake that won't be repeated when the man returns for trial. Extradition is possible within the next few weeks.

 

A resumption of the legal process could include a civil action for damages. A liability case may be filed directly by the alleged victim, if she is now a legal adult, or by her family on the victim's behalf.

 

Source:  insidecostarica.com, "Captured U.S. child rapist entered country more than a dozen times, should be deported in coming weeks" No author given, Jun. 13, 2013

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