EL CENTRO, Calif. - A former Bakersfield-area man, who fled in the wake of his 2013 indictment on federal child pornography charges, was captured Wednesday by law enforcement authorities in Mexico.
Michael David Wilson, 30, whose case was featured on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Operation Predator smartphone app, was arrested late Wednesday night in Mexicali, Mex.
His capture came after a resident of Mexico alerted authorities at the Calexico port of entry about the fugitive's possible whereabouts. Homeland Security Investigations, Mexico's National Institute of Migration and local authorities collaborated to take Wilson into custody.
Wilson is being held in the Imperial County Jail.
Wilson was indicted in July 2013 for receiving and distributing child pornography and a warrant was issued for his arrest. According to the charges, the former office worker received and distributed child pornography over the Internet from about Sept. 3, 2012, through about April 25, 2013. At that time, Wilson was residing in Delano.
Shortly after his indictment, investigators believe Wilson fled to Mexico. After efforts to locate him were unsuccessful, Wilson's mug shot, along with his biographical information, were posted on ICE's Operation Predator App.
Tips from the public can be reported anonymously through the app, by phone or online.
ICE's Operation Predator App allows users to receive alerts about wanted predators, to share the information with friends via email and social media tools, and to provide information to HSI by calling or submitting an online tip. Additionally, the app allows users to view news about the arrest and prosecution of child predators and obtain information about ICE and its global partners in the fight against child exploitation.
This smartphone app is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers.
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