Roger Giese

Alleged pedophile on FBI’s Most Wanted List at risk of prison violence if extradited to US, lawyers say

An ex-choirmaster accused of violating a teen boy with a foreign object recently lost a bid to remain in the U.K. and avoid extradition to the U.S.

Britain-based Roger Giese, 42, reportedly fled California before his 2007 trial for 19 counts of committing lewd acts on a 13-year-old boy. The alleged incidents occurred between 1998 and 2002, according to the Daily Mail.

Giese was a voice coach for All-American Boys Chorus based in Costa Mesa when he allegedly posed as a “Delta Force” member. After grooming the teen boy for several months, Giese told him he could be part of the military unit by “providing semen, urine, blood, and stool samples,” the Mail wrote.

The BBC reported that authorities tracked down Giese to a Hampshire village where he was living with a woman who was unaware of the charges he’s facing in the U.S. The High Court learned that Giese fled to the U.K. on the eve of his trial, changed his name, and was working for a high-profile PR company at the time of his capture.

Giese appeared in the High Court in May, where his lawyers argued that officials were committing an “abuse of process” and human rights violations by extraditing him to the States. According to the BBC, his team argued that Giese, if convicted, would likely be harmed in prison and could be confined to a secured facility for an indeterminate period of time.

The High Court had blocked Giese’s extradition in 2015, finding that the U.S. failed to assure them that Giese’s human rights wouldn’t be violated. However, the judges recently rejected lawyers’ claims that the U.S.’ second attempt at extradition was an “abuse of process”—making it likely that Giese will face criminal charges in California.

“A strong feature of this case is that the appellant is a classic fugitive from justice—he broke his bail conditions and fled the jurisdiction,” Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett wrote in his decision.

“The offenses for which he is wanted are serious.”

 

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