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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 24, 2011 USMS Headquarters Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065;
USM Kevin A. Carr (414) 297-3707
Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announces the arrest of Roland Flath

MILWAUKEE – Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced the arrest of Roland Flath.  Flath, a retired US National living abroad, was arrested by authorities in Gulan, Guatemala. The US Marshals, the US Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security worked closely with Belizean and Guatemalan Immigration agents over the past several months.Flath was expelled by Guatemalan Immigration Officials, and arrested by Deputy US Marshals once he arrived in Houston, Texas.

 

A federal warrant for Flath’s arrest was issued in the Eastern District of Wisconsin on October 7, 2010. The Department of Homeland Security investigated the charges of Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places. It is alleged that Flath engaged in the repeated sexual assault of a child under the age of eighteen, and with the possession of child pornography. The alleged conduct began when the victim was ten years old. Prior to arriving in Corozal, Belize, the seventy year-old Flathwas a long-time resident of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

 

In June of 2010, Belizean authorities conducted a search of Roland Flath’s home in Copper Bank where they discovered a number of pornographic materials on DVD's, a laptop, a desktop computer and a camera. The pornographic material included a Belizean minor. As a result, Flath was taken into police custody and was charged with one count of indecent assault. Further information led police to a 14 year old student who stated that in 2007, at the age of 10, she went to the Flath's residence where he invited her inside and showed her a book of nude pictures and asked her if she wanted to do what she saw. She told police that she said no, but Flath then allegedly disrobed her and gave her 20 dollars. The minor told police she visited Flath more than 30 times during the past five years. During these visits he allegedly sexually abused her.

 

Marshal Carr credited the multi-agency approach in this investigation to today’s successful capture.

 

Flath now awaits extradition proceedings in Texas before being brought back to Wisconsin to face trialin connection with the charges.

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