One of the most wanted deserters of the US Army who fled after being caught in child sex images is arrested in the city of North Devon
- Robert Louis Barnett III was placed on the army's most wanted list after the flight
- He was hiding in Barnstaple, Devon, six years after becoming AWOL
- He has now appeared before a court of war and has been sentenced to 11 years in prison
An American parachutist who went AWOL to produce child sex images was captured by the police and returned to the US – after hiding in Devon.
Robert Louis Barnett III, 34, was placed on the Army's most wanted list after he left the US Army in 2013 after being caught in an FBI Internet Crime Against Children stab.
He fled to the UK with his wife and children and was found six years after AWOL in Barnstaple, Devon.
Robert Louis Barnett III, 34, was placed on the Army's most wanted list after he left the US Army in 2013 after being caught in an FBI Internet Crime Against Children stab
According to media reports in the US, he was transferred to US military custody the next day and flown back to the United States with a C-17 Globemaster.
He has since appeared before a court of war and has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
US officials have praised his detention, arrest and deportation as a great example of international cooperation.
He fled to the UK with his wife and children and was found in Barnstaple, Devon, (photo) six years after becoming AWOL
According to the 82nd Airborne Division, between February and October 2012, Barnett was caught exchanging awkward web camera exchanges with various underage girls.
For the next six years, he was listed by the US authorities as & # 39; armed and dangerous & # 39 ;.
US authorities followed him to the UK and the investigation led to lengthy negotiations with the Met Police and Home Office.
Barnett's time ended May 31 when he was arrested in Barnstaple by the local police, the Devon and Cornwall police have confirmed.
According to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Barnett tried to evade the catch in several ways during two weeks.
US Army officers have praised his conquest.
Brigadier General, of the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, said: & What a great example of international cooperation that brings justice and security to others.
& # 39; The UK and the world are now a bit safer because of your actions, & # 39; he said to special agents.
The 82nd Airborne Division commander, Major General James Mingus, praised the & # 39; perseverance & # 39; from his team to bring Barnett to justice.
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