Sacto 9-1-1
October 31, 2012
Fugitive in child molestation case returned from Philippines

Shrum+image.jpgA fugitive from Sacramento County sought in connection with a child molestation case has been returned to the United States from the Philippines.

Scott David Shrum (pictured), 46, is being held in Sacramento County Jail without bail, accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a child.

In January 2010, Sacramento County sheriff's detectives investigated a report that Shrum had maintained an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female child who lived in a home with Shrum, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The alleged activity took place over a period of several years when the victim was between 7 and 14 years old.

The investigation led to a warrant for Shrum's arrest and he turned himself in to authorities Aug. 5, 2010. Shrum posted bond and was released on bail the following day.

The case progressed through the judicial system, and in January of this year, Shrum failed to appear for a mandatory court hearing, officials said.

Sheriff's investigators, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Violent Crime Squad and Fugitive Program, located Shrum in Cebu, Philippines. In February, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California issued an arrest warrant for Shrum for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He was taken into custody by Philippine authorities Oct. 16 and transferred to Manila for deportation, sheriff's officials said.

On Saturday, an FBI special agent and a task force officer from the Sheriff's Department went to the Philippines, where they took custody of Shrum. He was returned to Sacramento on Tuesday and is to appear in court Thursday.

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