For Immediate Release
|June 23, 2011||
Chief of International Investigations, Billy Sorukas
USMS Office of Public Affairs, 202-307-9065
|American Fugitive Kenneth Craig Arrested in Brazil|
WASHINGTON – Kenneth Andrew Craig was arrested Tuesday by Brazilian Federal Police at Galeo International Airport.
Craig, 42, was being sought by Florida authorities pursuant to arrest warrants issued in 1999 by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, sex performance with a minor and sexual assault of a minor.
Authorities in Florida originally arrested Craig in November 1998, for indecent assault on a child under 16 years of age (three counts), lewd act in the presence of a child under 16 (two counts) and promoting sexual performance of a child under 18 (one count).
Craig was allowed to post bond shortly after his arrest in 1998, and investigators learned that he had immediately fled the country.
At the time of the 1998 arrest, Craig was found in a motel room in Deerfield Beach, Fla., in the company of two minor boys. Evidence and testimony reveals Craig had the minors engage in specified sexual acts with him and each other, and videotaped various portions of the acts. Craig was also arrested in Baton Rouge, La., in the early 1990s for sexual molestation.
In 2007, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement contacted the U.S. Marshals for assistance in locating Craig.
“Kenneth Craig represents the worst kind of predator – someone who commits criminal acts against innocent children,” said Geoff Shank, Acting Assistant Director of the Investigative Operations Division of the U.S. Marshals Service. “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.”
In November 2008, Craig was located and apprehended in Brazil; however, prior to his extradition, Craig was released and subsequently disappeared.
Craig was placed on the G8 Most Wanted Sex Offenders List in October 2010, an initiative undertaken in collaboration with Interpol’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. The program aims to apprehend wanted child sex offender from across G8 countries.
Craig’s arrest is the result of a major media campaign consisting of airing Craig’s case on Americas Most Wanted on June 18, and Brazil’s Globo Television program “Fantastico” on June 19. Immediately following the airings, numerous tips were received indicating Craig was residing in the Rio de Janeiro area and employed as an English teacher.
Craig contacted authorities at the U.S. Embassy in
Rio de Janeiro and arranged to surrender himself.
This arrest is the result of investigative efforts by: the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, Palm County Sheriff’s Office, Broward County State Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of State – Regional Security Office – Rio de Janeiro, Department of Justice – Office of International Affairs, INTERPOL, Americas Most Wanted, Globo Television and the Brazilian Federal Police.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.