Police in Delta, B.C. announced they have taken George Ross Wilcox, 53, into custody. He is wanted in Arizona after skipping out during his trial for molesting his quadriplegic stepson.
According to the Delta Police Department [PDF], Wilcox was arrested Monday after being found in Surrey, B.C. He was the subject of an extradition warrant and made his first court appearance in British Columbia Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Delta Chief Constable Jim Cessford said, "We are certainly pleased that Mr. Wilcox has been taken into custody due to the continuous efforts of our investigators."
In 2009, Wilcox was being tried in Pima County, Arizona on four counts of sexual contact with a minor under the age of 15 years. During the trial, he failed to appear and was convicted in his absence of two of the four charges.
Wilcox is a Canadian citizen who previously resided in Calgary. After he fled Arizona it was believed he had returned to Canada and was living in either the Calgary or Vancouver area. Wilcox has relatives in both cities.
After Wilcox disappeared, he was featured on the television show America's Most Wanted. According to AMW, he had molested his stepson during July 2007, December 2007, and January, 2008. The stepson suffered from a brain injury that rendered the boy a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. The molestation was captured by a surveillance camera.
It is not known how long Wilcox has been in B.C. and there are no allegations he has committed a crime since his return to Canada. Ciaran Feenan, a spokesperson for the Delta Police Department, was quoted in the Ottawa Citizen as saying, "We don't know where he was living, that's something we're still looking into."
The federal Department of Justice is beginning the legal proceedings to have Wilcox returned to Arizona for sentencing.