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America's Most Wanted perv arrested in Montreal 0

QMI Agency
Steven Dyer is seen in this undated handout.

Steven Dyer is seen in this undated handout.

A man wanted in Arizona for 13 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor has been arrested in Canada.

Steven Dyer was convicted in absentia on April 16, 2002. He faces a minimum sentence of 169 years in prison in the U.S.

In December, Canada Border Services Agency discovered Dyer was in Canada and living in Vancouver. He had assumed the identity of a Canadian citizen and was even able to leave the country and return using this identity, the agency said.

On Tuesday, Dyer was arrested at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal.

CBSA spokeswoman Veronique Lalime said Dyer was on a flight back from Venezuela, which was en route to Toronto but had a stopover in Montreal, when he was arrested. She said the CBSA was unsure how long he had been in Venezuela, but received information Tuesday he was on his way back to Canada.

"We wanted to stop him as soon as possible," Lalime said of why Dyer was arrested in Montreal.

Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said they will "review

any unsolved files to see if Dyer fits any suspect descriptions."

Vancouver cops know Dyer was living downtown area, but wouldn't say what area.

"Again, we have no information to suggest he has committed any criminal

offences ... in the city of Vancouver," Houghton said.

"We only found out about this through news reports and from the CBSA this

morning. He was not known to us at all until this morning.

"At this point, there is no information to suggest he is a suspect. There is

no information to suggest he was involved at all with any unsolved criminal

offences."

Dyer's story was recently featured on America's Most Wanted. The show said his possible locations included Mexico, Arizona, California and Canada.

He was a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, and a businessman in the Phoenix area, the show said.

Sometime between 1999 and 2001, he befriended a young boy. He gave the boy alcohol and took him on trips to gain his trust.

After a while, he began molesting the boy - a crime that continued for 18 months. It was later revealed he had also molested another teenager on at least two occasions.

One of the boys' fathers went to police in December 2000 and Dyer was arrested Jan. 15, 2001.

Dyer's family posted his bond of $100,000 and he disappeared in January 2002.

Lalime said because Dyer was inadmissible to Canada, he "has to be removed as soon as possible."

But first he will need to answer to charges of being in the country illegally and living here under a false identity.

-- with files from Stephanie Ip, QMI Agency


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