Brits Won't Extradite Accused Child Molester: It Would Violate His Human Rights
A British court is refusing to extradite a choir director accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in Orange County, saying that doing so would violate the man's human rights. Britain's High Court is refusing to send Roger Alan Giese, 40, to the U.S. to stand trial, saying that he might be committed involuntarily, which would be a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the L.A. Times reports.
In California, people who are convicted of sex crimes can be determined to be sexually violent predators (SVPs), and SVPs can be declared mentally ill and forcibly confined in psychiatric facilities. Many SVPs are sent to Coalinga State Hospital in Coalinga, Calif., often in lieu of being released after their sentences have been served. Many patients there have refused to participate in programs and have gone on hunger strikes, accusing the hospital of not providing sufficient mental or physical care, according to the L.A. Times. Many also believe they're never going to get out again, no matter what they do.
Giese was once a voice coach for Buena Park's All-American Boys Chorus in Orange County. In 1998, he befriended the family of a 13-year-old boy, at one point, even moving in with them. Giese told the boy that he had been a member of the Army's elite Delta Force, and that he could help the boy get into that unit, too, if he provided semen, blood, stool and urine samples. This went on through 2002, until Giese was arrested. Giese was eventually released on bond and continued to show up to his court appearance through 2007, at which point he disappeared.
He was listed on Orange County District Attorney's Office on their "Most Wanted" list for a number of charges, including lewd acts upon a child under 14, anal penetration by a foreign object, and oral copulation with a person under 18.
Giese surfaced in 2014, but not anywhere near Orange County. He was found living in Broughton in Wales having assumed a fake name. Authorities think he stopped in North Carolina, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Norway for periods of time before arriving in the U.K.
Britain's High Court said they will only send Giese back to the U.S. if the government agrees that it will not commit him. The U.S. has until Oct. 30 to respond.
The Coalinga State Hospital opened in 2001 and currently houses about 850 SVPs. The BBC did a documentary on the hospital called A Place for Paedophiles, but was not aired in the U.S. due to patient health care laws.