Texas fugitive wanted on child sex abuse charges is nabbed in Colombia

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Texas fugitive wanted on child sex abuse charges is arrested in Colombia after almost two years on the run

  • Stephen Alan Early was arrested in Colombia, the South American nation’s immigration agency announced Thursday
  • The 69-year-old had fled from Tarrant County, Texas after he was hit with child sex abuse charges
  • The American citizen spent nearly two years on the run, but the U.S. Embassy’s U.S. Marshalls unit provided local authorities with his whereabouts
  • Colombia Migration said it had revoked Early’s visa, which had been approved at one point by the Foreign Ministry


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A 69-year-old man wanted in Texas on child sex abuse charges has been finally captured while hiding out in Colombia.

Stephen Alan Early, whose last known address was in Tarrant County, had spent about two years on the run before United States and Colombian authorities apprehended him in the central city of Ibagué, Colombia Migration announced Thursday.

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The country’s border control agency said Early’s arrest was made possible by information regarding his whereabouts that was provided by the Unites States Embassy’s U.S. Marshalls unit to the National Police, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol.

Stephen Alan Early, who spent almost two years on the run as he faced arrest for child sex abuse charges  in Texas, was arrested in Ibagué, Colombia, the country's border control agency announced Thursday

Stephen Alan Early, who spent almost two years on the run as he faced arrest for child sex abuse charges  in Texas, was arrested in Ibagué, Colombia, the country’s border control agency announced Thursday

‘Alan Early was searched for almost two years by the authorities of the Unites States and there was an arrest warrant for him that was issued by a judge in the state of Texas,’ Colombia Migration said.

Despite his fugitive status, Early was legally present in Colombia as he had obtained  an M migrant visa – awarded to people who wish to enter the country or remain there with the intention of residing in it.

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A spokesperson with the Colombia Migration told DailyMail.com that Early had his ‘M-type’ visa revoked and was transferred him to Bogotá. 

The agency said it would ‘enforce an expulsion measure against him, leaving him at the disposal of the United States authorities to answer for crimes that were levied on him.’   

It’s unknown which Texas city or county charged Early and the date when the alleged crimes were committed.

DailyMail.com reached out to the U.S. Marshalls and Colombia Migration for comment.

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