Sex crime fugitive was able to hide out on the Nicoya coast

William E. Dick

A Virginia fugitive from a sex crime was able to hide out in Costa Rica for nine years because he was living on the distant coast of the Nicoya Peninsula.

When he was detained, the man, William E. Dick, was working at the swank FlorBlanc resort in Santa Teresa. He was tripped up by a brief appearance he made in an MTV television show and his Facebook page.

The Frederick County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Dick was detained in Costa Rica Aug. 8.

“Dick was wanted on an outstanding 2002 Frederick County Circuit Court capias for failure to appear for trial. His original charge was forcible sodomy, said the Sheriff’s Office. “In September of 2010,
the Sheriff’s Office representative on the FBI Safe Streets Task Force initiated a more intense investigation into apprehending Dick when information was received that Dick was believed to have appeared as a bartender on an episode of the MTV show ‘The Hills’ that was filmed in Costa Rica.”

The show was filmed at the Santa Teresa resort. Dick was handed over to sheriff’s deputies and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Aug. 25 at Reagan National Airport, the department said.

Dick was transported back to the United States under funding available through the FBI Project Welcome Home, the Sheriff’s Office said. The FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division developed Project Welcome Home in an effort to support the apprehension and repatriation of international fugitives charged with crimes of violence, it explained.

Project Welcome Home funds the round trip travel of two law enforcement officials and a one-way trip for the fugitive from a foreign country to the United States, it added.

Dick was supposed to appear in Frederick County Circuit Court Tuesday.

An investigator’s affidavit quoted in a local newspaper there said that Dick’s parents had made trips to Costa Rica and that a photo of his mother showed up on a Facebook page that he obtained under a false name and linked it to the resort’s Facebook page.

The charge against Dick is forcible sodomy that is alleged to have happened in 2000 when he and the victim were attending a local high school graduation, according to the affidavit.

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