Sacto 9-1-1
February 23, 2012
Child molester tracked by Sacramento feds nabbed in Canada

A man with ties to Northern California who authorities say was America's most wanted child molester has been arrested in Canada.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Sacramento has been working on the case of Steven Dyer for the last 4 years. He was convicted in absentia by a jury in 2002 on 13 counts of sexual conduct with a minor in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dyer failed to show up for a court appearance in January 2002 and an arrest warrant was issued. Dyer was suspected of living a lavish lifestyle outside the United States, according to a press release from the marshals service.

The Sacramento-based arm of the marshals service focused their investigation on Dyer's family who mostly live in the Northern California area. Dyer is thought to have been a playground builder in Northern California for a time.

A senior investigator, working with other officers in the U.S. and Canada, determined Dyer was using the name of a childhood friend and that Dyer was living in Canada.

His new identity was confirmed by the Canada Board Services Agency. It was also learned that Dyer was returning from Canada from Venezuela.

Dyer was seen getting exiting plane at Montreal Trudeau Airport on Tuesday by Canadian authorities, questioned and taken into custody.

He has since been transferred to American authorities and will be transported to Arizona. He faces up to 169 years in prison for all counts, according to the marshals service.

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