U.S. Marshals: Alleged Broward Teenaged-Boy Molester Kenneth Andrew Craig Found in Brazil
Kenneth Andrew Craig -- who cops say skipped court 12 years ago after being caught allegedly doing perverted things with young boys in a Deerfield Beach motel room -- was arrested in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Craig, now 42, was arrested earlier in the week by Brazilian Federal Police at Galeo International Airport.
Craig was originally arrested in 1998, when cops allegedly found him in the Deerfield Beach motel with two boys under 16 years old.
Through testimony and evidence, police found that Craig was forcing the boys to do sex acts with each other and himself and was videotaping the events to distribute to kiddie porn fans, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
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It was the second time Craig was arrested for allegedly molesting kids, the first being in the early '90s for a similar offense in Baton Rouge, officials say.
Craig posted bond after his Deerfield Beach arrest and immediately fled the country.
After nearly ten years on the run, the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement finally contacted the U.S. Marshals Service for help in 2007.
Craig was arrested in Brazil in 2008 but was released by federal police before extradition back to the United States could be processed.
With nine law enforcement agencies looking for Craig -- including Interpol and the Department of Justice's international affairs office -- he was finally found after tips came in from America's Most Wanted and another local television show in Rio.
Craig had been working as an English teacher, according to the U.S. Marshals Service, just as he was before his 2008 arrest.
This time, he's coming back to the United States.
"Kenneth Craig represents the worst kind of predator -- someone who commits criminal acts against innocent children," the U.S. Marshals Service's Geoff Shank says. "Given his history of unlawful behavior and the threat he may reoffend, we are pleased he is now safely in custody. We thank our many international, federal, state and local law enforcement partners who contributed to this apprehension."
The charges Craig faces from the 1998 arrest are three counts of indecent assault on a child under the age of 16, two counts of lewd acts in the presence of a child under 16, and promoting sexual performance of a child under 18.
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