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Alleged Child Molester Returned from Mexico

(La Porte County, IN) - A suspected child molester who fled to Mexico returned to La Porte County to face charges. Alexander Perez, 30, is held in the La Porte County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


According to La Porte County Police, the investigation began in September when officers were called to a home on a report of a sex offense involving a juvenile in rural Springfield Township.


Police said enough evidence was collected against Perez for an arrest warrant against him a month later. However, it was determined Perez had fled to Mexico.


In December, local authorities working with federal agents exercised their privilege to work south of the border and, following an intense search, located Perez in Mexico City, police said. He was held in the San Diego County Jail until he returned here ten days ago to face charges.


The former Valparaiso man is charged in La Porte Superior Court 1 in Michigan City with Level 1 Felony Child Molesting. If convicted, Perez would face anywhere from a 20-year to 40-year sentence.

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