Man wanted for child rape tracked down by US Marshals

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (News4Utah) A man wanted on child rape charges out of Utah was tracked down by United States Marshals in California.

Brian Helton, 45, was captured in San Francisco Wednesday according to information released by the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team or VFAST.

Officials said Helton had been on the run since 2016 when Layton Police Department formally charged with sodomy of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child and object rape of a child.

Helton was staying with a family friend in Davis County after moving from Chicago to Utah. While living in Layton, investigators said he began sexually abusing a child living just down the hall from him.

It allegedly happened on at least two separate occasions over a two-week period. Once the child told the parents what was going on, Helton packed up his belongings, fled the state and went back to Chicago.

This is when US marshals from Utah became involved because the hunt for Helton soon turned into an international investigation.

The lead fugitive investigator worked this case for two years tracking Helton’s movements.

He was eventually discovered to be living in Thailand. After Helton began to suspect the Royal Thai Police were getting close to catching him, he fled again, this time to Japan to sneak back into the United States.

Early on the afternoon of September 19, Japanese officials, through Interpol, reached out to the US Marshals Service and notified officials that he was boarding a direct flight from Japan to San Francisco.

Helton was met at the airport by U.S. Marshals, Department of Homeland Security, and United States Customs & Border Patrol agents. He was taken into custody without further incident.

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