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US Man Facing Federal Charges May Have Fled to Iceland

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An American man facing charges of numerous sexual offenses in Columbia, Missouri is thought to have fled to Iceland, but Icelandic authorities have not been contacted by any law enforcement agencies in the US regarding his detainment or extradition, RÚV reports.

In August 2018, Jay Paul Robinson (42) was arrested on suspicion of privacy invasion when it was discovered that he had installed and concealed a video camera in a public library restroom. According to an article published in the Columbia Daily Tribune, “evidence obtained from other electronic devices following the execution of a search warrant showed Robinson committing multiple additional sex crimes.” Additional charges, including rape, were then filed against the suspect in October.

Not long after his first arrest, Jay Paul seems to have fled the US with $7,000 (ISK 823,555/€6,141), telling family that he was going to be working abroad as a handyman. “I fear you have no idea how bad this is going to get,” he wrote to family members in an email quoted in the Columbia Times article. “…I am pretty certain I am going to be going away for a quite long time. There is no way to undo the hurt and disgustingness I have done. At least this will keep me from causing more damage.”

According to an agent with US Homeland Security, Jay Paul booked an August 5 flight from Chicago, Illinois to Iceland. There is currently no report of his whereabouts since then, but the Ministry of Justice, the international division of the Icelandic state police, and state prosecutor Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir have all confirmed that they’ve not been contacted by American authorities about him at all.

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