Crime

Fugitive wanted on sex charges with minor caught in Peru

Police began looking for Joel Alexander Chirinos in 2007 after a female teenager in Miami came forward and said she had been sexually assaulted for more than seven years. since she was a young child.

On Thursday, after a lengthy extradition process that involved Interpol, Peruvian police and the U.S. Marshals Service, Chirinos, 31, was back in Miami and was turned over to Miami police. He is facing charges of molesting a child under 12, sexual battery and lewd and lascivious conduct.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, federal authorities said Chirinos began sexually assaulting the victim when she was 7. In January 2008, a warrant was issued for Chirino’s arrest. Interpol joined the chase in March 2012.

Three months later, marshals in Miami received word that Chirino was hiding in his native Peru.

Soon after, marshals say they identified a fashion design website in the Peruvian capital city of Lima that was run by a man named Joel Alexander. Authorities believed it was Chirinos.

Marshals got closer in November 2013 when they noticed Chirinos representing himself, as himself, to business associates.

Still, he misled his business partners about where he was, law enforcement officials said, saying he was in New York.

Chirinos was finally taken into custody by Peruvian authorities in December 2013, when he was caught logging into a computer at an Internet cafe in Lima.

U.S. marshals flew to Lima Sunday and flew Chirinos back to Miami, almost a full year after he was captured.

He is expected to be turned over to Miami police and placed in a Miami-Dade County jail facility.

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