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Two American men wanted for child porn arrested in Mexico

Zacatecas, Mexico — Two American sex offenders who are wanted on child porn charges have been arrested in Mexico after US authorities say they fled the country in 2017.

American Stephen D. Morais was wanted for violating probation and failing to register as a sex offender. According to federal court documents, Morais plead guilty to two counts of downloading child pornography in 2011. He was sentenced to 97 months in prison.

Morais, who was from Fayetteville, Arkansas was labeled as a Level 3 sex offender, which is considered “high risk” since they have a history of “repeat sexual offending”.

According to U.S. Marshals, Mexican police were asked for assistance when they learned Morais had fled the country. U.S. Marshals from Arkansas worked with federal agents in Texas and the Mexico City Field Office, which eventually led them to Zacatecas, Mexico.

When Mexican authorities arrested Morais, they found him living with William Hulsey Jr., another runaway sex offender from Tennessee.

Hulsey was convicted of possession of child pornography in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2009. US marshals also found his computer contained thousands of child pornography photos along with a plan to kidnap, rape and burn a child to death.

He was given 120 months in prison. Both men were arrested April 5 and extradited back to the U.S. April 6.

It’s not unusual for sex offenders to take off,” said Cory Thomas, Senior Inspect for the U.S. Marshals Service for the Western District of Arkansas. “We also have a good relationship with the Federal Police in Mexico.”