Child sex suspect caught by immigration police

Harold Eugene Smith

When the U.S. Federal bureau of Investigation issued a warning May 15 that a child molester might be in Central America, the man’s name was in the records of the Direccion General de Migración y Extranjería.

When immigration police caught up with him earlier this month, they confirmed that he had entered the country in November. They stopped him because he has an expired tourism visa.

The man, Harold Eugene Smith, 60, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, had been on the run to avoid a child sex charge. He faces a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and state charges of rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and corruption of minors.

The case stems from a 2010 local investigation by police. Smith is accused of violating a girl when she was 12 and 13 years in a continuing crime.

The FBI announcement said that he skipped bail at the end of 2010.  The FBI did not explain in May why they believe Smith might be in Central America. They also did not explain why the agency took the unusual step of broadcasting a warning.

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