Extra! Korea

May 7, 2009

Alleged American sex offender flees to South Korea

Filed under: crime, expatriates — extrakorea @ 2:43 am

Great. Just what expatriate teachers in Korea need –something to blacken our collective name yet further.

A New York man facing charges of sexually abusing a young girl in Hampton, has allegedly fled the country to South Korea.

Paul Hurrell, of 5420 Netherlands Ave., Bronx, N.Y., was a no-show for his April 29 arraignment in Rockingham Superior Court.

A bench warrant has since been issued out for his arrest. Prosecutors wrote in an emergency motion to attain the bench warrant that they believe that Hurrell fled the county.

On the day he was scheduled to appear in court, Hurrell allegedly departed from JFK International Airport in New York, with an initial destination to Seoul, Korea.

“The defendant’s ultimate destination is unknown,” prosecutors said.

[ snip ]

An indictment is not an indication of guilt or innocence, it just means the grand jury found enough evidence to warrant a trial in the matter.

According to court documents, Hurrell allegedly abused the girl from 1998 to 2004 in Hampton.

If convicted, Hurrell faces a prison term of 10- to 20-years on each count.

(from Seacoast Online, via ROK Drop)

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