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Note:  Unlike some U.S. jurisdictions, Mexico does not give sanctuary to these types.

Accused sex offender arrested, fled to Mexico

Posted: Aug 01, 2015 6:12 PM CEST
Updated: Aug 01, 2015 6:12 PM CEST
By Phil Benson
Robert Guardiola (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

Guardiola was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

A man wanted by Pinal County authorities on suspicion of sex abuse and molestation was arrested Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport. 

Robert Guardiola, 45, an American citizen, was wanted by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for 11 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and sexual abuse.   

In September 2013, prior to his indictment, Guardiola fled to Mexico after investigators discovered he had allegedly sexually abused and molested children under 15 repeatedly over several years. 

The victims were two young girls, PCSO said. One of the girls told her mother she had been molested and sexually abused over the past several years. A Pinal County Sheriff's Office investigation led to another victim, who repeated the same accusations. 

In February 2014, Guardiola contacted Deputy U.S. Marshals and indicted he wanted to surrender. A short time later, he vanished. 

 Marshals in Phoenix obtained information that Guardiola was likely living in Purisima del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Mexican authorities were able to locate and arrest Guardiola on Wednesday. 

Guardiola was turned over to Mexican immigration authorities, who then deported him to Los Angeles,

Where he was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail to await extradition to Pinal County.

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