One of America’s most wanted criminals, convicted child molester Shawn Sullivan (42), has been living secretly in London. US authorities have been hunting Sullivan since 1994 for the alleged molestation of two 11-year-old girls and unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl.
For years Sullivan, originally from Fort Benning, Georgia, had not been flagged as a fugitive by the US government. However in 2007, the worldwide police force, Interpol, added Sullivan to the most wanted list.
Since 1994 he was also given a suspended jail sentence in Ireland for sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls. In 1996 Sullivan married an Irish woman.
According to reports, Sullivan had an Irish passport and arrived into England undetected by using the Irish version of his surname, O’Suilleabhain. It was only when he traveled from England to Ireland last year that he was picked up by the Metropolitan Police.
Last December Sullivan was granted bail subject to him wearing an electronic tag and abiding by a curfew.
US Marshal Service’s investigators worked with the authorities in Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the UL to locate Sullivan. Authorities in Minnesota are now seeking his extradition to face charges in the US. If found guilty of the US charges, Sullivan could face 75 years in prison.
He lives near Barnes in South-West London. Sullivan will remain in the UK until the Home Secretary Theresa May has made a decision on his extradition. The order for extradition was released this February however Sullivan is contesting it.
He has appealed to the High Court against the decisions of the District Judge and the Secretary of State.
This article was written by Cathy Hayes and published by the Irish Central on September 27, 2011.
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