Man Caught 12 Years Later for Sex Crimes; Faces 40 Years
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FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) - A man facing up to 40 years in sex crimes charges has finally been captured and returned to justice after fleeing for Mexico before trial over 12 years ago.
Mexican authorities found 39-year-old Wesley Thomason in central Mexico near Lake Chapala, using leads gathered by Fairfax County investigators and U.S. Marshals, according to the Washington Post.
Thomason, who lived in Alexandria before fleeing to avoid trial, was facing up to 40 years in prison for allegedly giving drugs to underage females then filming himself engaging in sex acts with more than one of them. Authorities say he was illegally selling the videos when they initially arrested him in Nov. 2000, and warn there could be more victims.
After being extradited to California, Thomason was processed into the Fairfax County jail on his previous charges of carnal knowledge, manufacturing sexually explicit material involving a minor, possession of cocaine, and indecent liberties.
Fairfax County Police are still trying to track down information about other potential victims. Authorities also want to know how Thomason fled and eluded capture for more than a decade. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers or police at (703) 691-2131.