A fugitive American professor has been arrested in Russia for allegedly raping a severely disabled nine-year-old boy in front of his mother.
Bjorn West, 47, was arrested after the woman described the suspect to the police in St. Petersburg.
He reportedly told police that he saw him raping his son, who was born deaf and dumb, which means he could not scream for help.
West, who worked as an English teacher at a Russian private language school for adults, was a fugitive for six years after being accused of sexually abusing two children in his native Tennessee.
Bjorn West after his arrest for allegedly raping a severely disabled nine-year-old boy in front of his mother
The devastated mother, who has not been identified, said she had taken her son to Lake Dolgoe in St. Petersburg for a walk.
She was holding her hand as they walked, but the boy decided he wanted to run alone, so he released his hand.
After turning his back for a few minutes, he lost track of the child.
She said that after searching for her son for 15 minutes, she found him out of the way marked by the suspect, who then fled when she screamed.
She called the police who identified the alleged attacker as West from her description, according to reports.
West (photographed in a photo taken between 1989 and 1992) would have been a fugitive for six years after being accused of sexually abusing two minors in his native Tennessee.
A profile of Bjorn West from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website classifies him as a "delinquent against children"
The officers arrested West in his nearby apartment and it was only after he was in custody that the police knew he was wanted in the United States.
The police are now calling for other victims to come forward, as they believe there may be more.
The US authorities, who are working with their Russian counterparts, say that West was last seen in the US. UU In the summer of 2012.
US police say he is still wanted for at least two crimes against children under 14, one dating from December 1989 and the other in June 1992.
Under Russian law, West could face up to 20 years behind bars for child abuse.
But if more victims appear, he could be considering a life sentence if he is found guilty.
Dolgoe Lake in St. Petersburg, where the devastated mother, who has not been identified, had taken her son for a walk