Calgarian, George Ross Wilcox, was featured on America's Most Wanted recently for molesting his quadriplegic stepson in Arizona.
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A man who sexually molested his quadriplegic stepson while in Arizona has been arrested in Surrey, BC, police said Thursday.
George Ross Wilcox, a Canadian citizen, fled Arizona on June 9, 2009, during his trial, and was convicted in absentia of two counts of sexual interference with a minor under 15.
Court heard Wilcox molested his stepson in July 2007, December 2007 and January 2008. The acts were caught on surveillance video.
US authorities believed Wilcox could have been hiding in Calgary or Vancouver. His story was featured on the television show America's Most Wanted.
Police in Delta, BC, say Wilcox was arrested July 30 in Surrey, BC.
Pima County police, working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, want Wilcox returned to Arizona, where sexual crimes against teens under the age of 15 carry a 27-year maximum sentence.
Const. Ciaran Feenan of the Delta Police said Wilcox is currently in custody and will make a second appearance in B.C. Supreme Court next week.
"The extradition process will be initialized here in BC," Feenan said.
In 2011, a close relative of Wilcox told QMI Agency some family members were working with police to find him.
The whole case, she said, divided the family into those who wanted Wilcox to face justice in Arizona, and those who were struggling to accept he could molest his stepson.
"It was so out of the blue - at first we were all completely shocked that the allegation had even been made," she said.
"Never in a million years would we have thought this possible - he's always been around children in the family. Never would I have imagined that this would be the case."