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Man Jailed For Raping Child In Staffordshire After Being Found In Rio
A man who groomed a 12-year-old online before raping her in Staffordshire has been tracked down in Brazil.
Antonio Pedro De Olivera Alves was tracked down by detectives, living almost six thousand miles away in Rio de Janeiro, after he failed to answer bail back in 2013.
He was brought back into the UK this morning (April 27) by detectives and is scheduled to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court tomorrow (April 28).
Following a report made by a young girl and her family, Alves was initially arrested on suspicion of rape in January 2012.
Alves had befriended the, then, 12-year-old victim by pretending to be a teenage boy. The two subsequently met and Alves proceeded to rape his victim in his vehicle. He was charged on 17 January 2013.
Alves, now aged 45, formerly of Aneurin Bevan Place, Rugeley, was, in his absence, convicted at Stafford Crown Court on 13 June 2013 of one count of rape of a girl under the age of 13 and was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment.
On failing to appear at Stafford Crown Court, the presiding judge ordered that a European Arrest Warrant be issued. Acting on intelligence, Staffordshire Police worked with European authorities on a number of possible leads to find him and bring him to justice.
Officers continued to follow intelligence and leads and in early September 2014, Alves was tracked down to Brazil.
Alves was remanded in custody until the Brazilian Supreme Court made the decision to extradite him back to the UK.
Speaking about the case, DC Jason Reaney, from the Fugitive and Extradition Unit with Staffordshire Police, said he again wanted to commend the courage and patience of the victim of the crime and her wider family.
“They have always wanted to continue the hunt for Alves to ensure he was tracked down and brought to justice.
“This case is a great example of the tenacity of our detectives and the cooperation of agencies across the world. Time and distance has made no difference in the outcome for Alves. We knew we would finally track him down and we knew this would become a world-wide hunt. After all the hard work Alves will now serve the sentence for his crimes.”
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