A fugitive from Sacramento County has been returned to the United States and is in custody on child molestation charges connected to an investigation that began nearly three years ago, according to an official press release by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Scott David Shrum, 46, is being held without bail for charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a child. He is reportedly expected to appear in court later this week.
According to the release, in January 2010, Sheriff’s detectives investigated a report that Shrum had maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female child that lived in the same home as he. The alleged activity reportedly took place over a period of several years when the victim was between 7 and 14 years old.
This investigation reportedly led to a warrant for Shrum’s arrest. Shrum turned himself in to authorities on August 5, 2010, posted a bond, and was released on bail the following day. The case progressed through the system, and in January 2012 the suspect reportedly failed to appear for a mandatory court appearance and his whereabouts were unknown.
Sheriff’s investigators reportedly worked together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Sacramento office Violent Crime Squad and Fugitive Program. As a result of this effort, Shrum was located in Cebu, Philippines, and in February 2012 an arrest warrant for Shrum was issued by the United States District Court, Eastern District of California for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. Shrum was taken into custody by Philippine authorities on October 16, 2012, and transferred to Manila for deportation.
On October 27, 2012, a FBI special agent and a task force officer from the Sheriff’s Department left the United States and went to the Philippines, where they took custody of Shrum. They returned to San Francisco the evening of October 30, 212, where members of the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau then transported Shrum to the Sacramento County Main Jail and booked him into custody.
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