Orange County choir director accused of child molest captured 8 years after disappearance

Roger Alan Giese is seen in this undated file photo.

A former Orange County choir director who was wanted by the FBI on child molestation charges is back in custody.

Roger Alan Giese, 39, was captured Tuesday in the United Kingdom, and is now awaiting extradition to the U.S., an FBI spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Authorities say Giese repeatedly sexually assaulted a young boy he met while working as a voice coach for The All-American Boys Chorus between May 1, 1998 and May 31, 2002.

The victim, who was identified as "John Doe", was 13 to 17 years old during the alleged crime.

"Giese convinced the boy's parents to allow him to stay at their home for two weeks while he looked for a new apartment," according to the arrest warrant. That's when he developed a sexual relationship with the boy.

The suspect allegedly pretended to be a member of an elite military unit, "Delta Force," and told "John Doe" that he could earn a place in the unit by providing semen, urine, blood and stool samples to Giese, the Orange County District Attorney's office said in a press release.

Authorities say Giese was arrested in 2002 and released on bond, but failed to appear for his pretrial hearing in 2007. A $500,000 warrant was subsequently issued by Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno for his arrest.

Giese is charged with five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, 10 counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15, three counts of anal penetration by a foreign object and one count of oral copulation of a person under 18 years of age, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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