US fugitive sentenced in Ariz. after decade on run

AP News
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:21 PM
US fugitive sentenced in Ariz. after decade on run

An Arizona man who fled the country after being convicted of child molestation a decade ago was sentenced Friday to 240 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say Steven Dyer was sentenced on 12 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of public sexual indecency.

Dyer was returned to Arizona after being arrested in February as he passed through Montreal's Trudeau airport.

Authorities say the 44-year-old Dyer had assumed the identity of a Canadian citizen and was living in Vancouver although he also travelled frequently to Central America and South America.

While living in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, Dyer was accused of molesting two boys he befriended over an 18-month period between 1999 and 2001.

Dyer was tried in absentia and convicted in 2002.