Manhunt nabs fugitive dual US-Aust citizen

Dual US-Australian citizen Kevin Burrows was extradited from NSW to face child pornography offences.
Dual US-Australian citizen Kevin Burrows was extradited from NSW to face child pornography offences.

A fugitive captured on NSW's far south coast after a global hunt by US Marshals is behind bars in West Virginia accused of child pornography offences.

Kevin Burrows, a 68-year-old dual Australian-US citizen, fled the US in 2013 after thousands of child abuse images were found at his West Virginia home, US authorities allege.

Burrows agreed to meet with West Virginia police in 2013 but he failed to show up and a US Marshals investigation found he fled to Canada and then Australia, authorities said.

"Mr Burrows now knows the arm of justice, extended by the extraordinary professionals at the US Marshals Service, is more than ten thousand miles long," said Bill Powell, US attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Australian Federal Police arrested Burrows in Millingandi, near Merimbula in November 2017.

In February 2018 an Australian court found him extraditable and the Australian Attorney-General ordered his surrender to the US on March 4, 2019.

On March 29 he was escorted back to the US by the Marshals Service and is now being held at West Virginia's Eastern Regional Jail.

"Individuals who flee the United States thinking they can avoid being held accountable for their crimes should know that we will not stop looking for you," said JC Raffety, US Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia.

"We will work with our international partners in law enforcement to ensure that you are held accountable."

Australian Associated Press

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