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Wanted polygamist free after 15 years on the lam in Mexico

Published:Thursday | November 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


A polygamist who fled to Mexico about 15 years ago with this wives and kids while facing child molestation charges in Arizona is now free after the charges were dropped.

Orson William Black Jr was arrested by Mexican authorities in the northern state of Chihuahua and handed over to US officials in El Paso, Texas, last week. He was briefly held on an Arizona fugitive warrant before being released because no agency would extradite him.

The Arizona attorney general's office charged Black in 2003 with molestation over allegations he persuaded two teenagers to impregnate themselves with his sperm. The charges were dropped in May after a review.

Former state Attorney General Terry Goddard, who charged Black, called it a "sad development" that Black successfully dodged them by fleeing to Mexico.