SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Marshals caught a man Wednesday who they say had been on the run in Chicago, Thailand and Japan since being charged with child sex assault in Davis County in 2016.
Brian Keith Helton, 46, was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, according to an emailed statement from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Years back, Helton moved from Chicago to Layton and stayed with a family friend, according to the marshals service. While living there, he allegedly assaulted a 10-year-old girl, who was also living in the home, sometime between September 2015 and March 2016, according to court documents.
Helton allegedly assaulted the girl two separate times, making her shower with him during one instance, according to court documents.
The girl’s mother later told police that there was no reason for the girl to shower with Helton, court documents said.
When the girl initially told her parents what allegedly happened, Helton fled back to Chicago, according to the marshals service.
.#VFAST_USMS@us_utah US Marshals arrest Brian Helton DOB 6/5/72 for Sodomy of a Child, Agg Assault on a Child, and Object Rape of a Child. After a two year international fugitive investigation throughout Southeast Asia, he was apprehended while trying to sneak back into the US. pic.twitter.com/TBjeN6XzUS— VFAST_USMS (@VFAST_USMS) September 20, 2018
On June 21, 2016, Helton was charged in 2nd District Court in Davis County with two counts each of object rape of a child, sodomy of a child and aggravated sex abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
Some time later, authorities discovered Helton was living in Thailand, the marshals service said. He became suspicious that Thai police were closing in on him and fled to Japan "in an attempt to sneak back into the United States," according to the marshals service.
Early Wednesday afternoon, Japanese officials notified U.S. Marshals via Interpol that Helton was getting on a flight from Japan to San Francisco.
Officials found Helton at the San Francisco airport. He appeared "surprised," but was arrested without further incident, according to the marshals service.
“Through the tireless efforts of our investigators, including our domestic and international partners, this fugitive who has been on the run for over two years will finally be brought to justice,” U.S. Marshal Matthew D. Harris said in the statement.