ICE Deports Canadian Fugitive Who Allegedly Raped 5-Year-Old Disabled Girl, Hid in San Dimas
A Canadian man who lived under a fake name in a San Dimas trailer park has been deported to face charges in connection with the 1972 rape of a 5-year-old disabled girl, U.S. immigration authorities announced Wednesday.
Raymond Douglas Charles MacLeod, 72, was sent back to Vancouver, British Columbia, from LAX on Tuesday evening, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
MacLeod has been wanted for decades in the 1974 rape of a young girl with cerebral palsy. He twice tried to flee Canada for the U.S. during his prosecution, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said at the time of his 2013 arrest in San Dimas.
He was acquitted in 1980 but a new trial was ordered — and MacLeod never showed up for hearings.
“For the victim in this case, justice has been a long time coming, but she can take consolation in the fact that her alleged assailant is now being held accountable,” said David Jennings, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Los Angeles. “We will not allow our country to serve as a safe haven for those who commit reprehensible crimes.”
MacLeod was arrested at his San Dimas home in October 2013 by immigration officers and sheriff’s Parks Bureau deputies, who patrol the East Shore Recreational Vehicle Park where he lived.
He was using a dead person’s social security number, the Sheriff’s Department said at the time. Because he allegedly had two guns, MacLeod was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was ordered deported to Canada in March 2014, but he appealed that ruling to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which both sided with the original judge’s deportation order, according to ICE.
MacLeod was charged with rape, indecent assault and assault causing bodily harm in connection with the 1974 attack on the child, according to The Sudbury Star newspaper in British Columbia.
The appellate rulings paved the way for Tuesday’s deportation.