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16632: Hermantin-Miami-Herald-Child molester detained, expelled from Haiti (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

In South Florida


Child molester detained, expelled from Haiti

Haitian authorities on Tuesday expelled an American convicted of child
molestation, and U.S. marshals were going to take him in to custody upon his
arrival in Miami, the U.S. Embassy said.

Mario ''Tony'' Leyva, 57, violated his parole in mid-July and entered the
Caribbean country with fraudulent documents, officials said.

A group of Haitians captured Leyva on Saturday after recognizing him from a
photograph the U.S. Embassy had published in the local papers and shown on
television. Residents tied him up, then called the Haitian police.

A self-ordained evangelist minister, Leyva traveled the eastern United
States and Haiti in the l980s, conducting tent revivals. He convinced
parents to allow their young sons to travel with him on tours, during which
he sexually assaulted the boys and sold some of them off as prostitutes,
according to court documents. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to molest more
than 100 boys in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Ohio and Indiana. After serving 11 years of a 20-year
prison term, he was released from a Virginia state prison on parole in April
2002, but last month fled the Roanoke area where he was required to live
under supervision until 2008.

Virginia authorities on Sunday said they expect Leyva to serve the remainder
of his sentence.

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