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For Immediate Release

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February 17, 2012 Matt Hershey, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 920-4841
U.S. Marshals Arrest International Valley Fugitive

Phoenix, AZ – On February 16, 2012, U.S. Marshals Service personnel in Los Angeles arrested Teddy Spaugy upon his arrival from Panama City, Panama following his ordered expulsion. Spaugy, 67, was being sought by the Arizona Department of Public Safety-Capitol Police District and the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force pursuant to an active warrant on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children.

Teddy Spaugy was indicted in Arizona after his live-in girlfriend’s laptop computer was audited by her employer, the State of Arizona. Digital images were retrieved in which a minor under fifteen years of age appears to be engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct. It is alleged that Spaugy had access to the laptop and retrieved the images.

In December 2011, Investigators from the WANTED Task Force developed information that Spaugy may have traveled outside the U.S., possibly to Central America. Through the assistance of the International Investigations Branch and Diplomatic Security Service, it was determined that Spaugy was believed to be in Panama.

Over the course of the next two months investigators in Arizona and Panama were able to postiively identify and locate Spaugy. Panamanian law enforcement officials arrested Spaugy on February 16, 2012 and were able to quickly identify him as an undesirable alien due to his illegal immigration /tourist status, possesing and utilizing fraudulent documents to enter and reside there, and being subject to a criminal history and active arrest warrant in the U.S. Panamanian immigration officials quickly ordered his expulsion from the country.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales stated, “This arrest is a great example that fugitives will not be able to run from the law by leaving the United States. The Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force will continue to work with the international law enforcement community to make the capture of fugitives like Teddy Spaugy one of our highest priorities.”

The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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