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Posted on: April 30, 2012

Fugitive Child Molester Receives 240 Year Prison Sentence

PHOENIX, AZ (April 30, 2012) – A decade after his conviction, Steven William Dyer (D.O.B. 4/7/67) has been sentenced to serve 240 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections for sexually assaulting two young boys in 2000 and 2001. Dyer fled the country in January, 2002 while awaiting trial on 12 counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of public sexual indecency. He was convicted in absentia in April, 2002 and apprehended by Canadian authorities last February.

“I commend the Canadian Border Services Agency and the U.S. Marshals Service for their patience, diligence and cooperation in locating this defendant and returning him to Arizona where we can now hold him accountable for his crimes,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “When it comes to our commitment to ensuring that justice is served in Maricopa County, the adage is true: you can run, but you cannot hide,” he added.

Dyer was charged with molesting a young neighbor and another victim in January, 2001. After fleeing Arizona, he was featured several times on “America’s Most Wanted” and was believed to be residing in British Columbia, where he reportedly changed his identity and fraudulently obtained Canadian citizenship in 2004. Under the name Brian Woolworth, Dyer reportedly worked as a playground designer and managed to visit his family in California on several occasions. He was apprehended on February 21, 2012 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal while returning from a trip to Venezuela.

On April 27, 2012, Commissioner Patricia Starr sentenced Dyer to 12 consecutive 20 year terms for the 12 counts of sexual contact with a minor, and one concurrent term of 1.5 years on the sexual indecency count. Dyer was granted 79 days of credit for time served. He will never be eligible for parole or early release.

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