A Germantown man was arrested at by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles Airport last week in connection with child molestation charges in Florida.
According to Customs and Board Protection officials, Clement Francis, 37, of Gateshead Circle in Germantown was wanted in Santa Rosa County, Fla., on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. Officers encountered Francis while conducting outbound enforcement at Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., on Monday as he was attempting to board a flight to Dubai on Monday, June 7.
Francis was escorted to the International Arrivals Building where officers verified Francis’ identity. Officers verified with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department that the warrant remained active and that they desired to extradite Francis. CBP officers arrested Francis and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police officers.
“Customs and Border Protection officers sometimes encounter travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and we work to return them to the jurisdiction of their criminal charges,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington Dulles. “This warrant arrest is another example of CBP’s collaboration with our law enforcement partners to protect victims’ rights, return fugitives to justice, and to help keep our communities safe.”
Customs officers routinely examine passenger manifests on arriving and departing international flights, and identify travelers who may require additional inspectional scrutiny, including those with outstanding arrest warrants. On average, CBP arrests 23 wanted persons every day at air, land and sea ports of entry across the United States.
Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection