O.C. fugitive on FBI's 'Most Wanted' list for child sex assaultcharges in Buena Park captured in United Kingdom
A former Buena Park choir teacher wanted by the FBI and Orange County authorities on childsexual assault charges has been captured in the United Kingdom and is awaiting extradition,authorities said Tuesday.
Roger Alan Giese, 40, who has been a fugitive since 2007, is accused of sexually assaulting ateenage choirboy he met while working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus in BuenaPark between 1998 and 2002.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller on Tuesday confirmed that Giese was arrested in the UnitedKingdom and is awaiting extradition to the United States to face trial. Eimiller said she could notelaborate on when or how Giese was captured.
Giese, who is listed on the Orange County District Attorney's Most Wanted list, is wanted forcharges including lewd acts on a child under 14, penetration by a foreign object and oralcopulation of a person under 18. He also faces a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexualconduct with a child.
Authorities said Giese met the then-13-year-old boy in 1998 and soon befriended the boy'sfamily, attending church with them and inviting the boy and his brother to his house for overnightvisits. Giese even moved into their home, and that's when the molestation started, prosecutorssaid.
Giese is accused of pretending to be a member of an elite military unit called Delta Force andmolesting the teenager under the pretense that the boy could join the unit by providing samples ofbodily fluids.
He was arrested in 2002 but was released on bond pending trial. From 2002 until 2007, Gieseappeared in court as scheduled. But he failed to appear for his pretrial motions hearing on March12, 2007, and the next day, he failed to appear for jury selection.
Prosecutors later filed federal charges for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
On its list of wanted fugitives for crimes against children, the FBI said Giese may havetraveled to North Carolina, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom and Norway.