Child sex crimes fugitive arrives in Miami-Dade after 10 years of hiding in Dominican Republic

A 54-year-old fugitive who was wanted for sexually abusing teenage boys flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami-Dade County on Thursday afternoon.

Joan Humberto Marcelino is facing charges in Miami-Dade and Lake County for crimes committed in 2010 and 2011. The licensed psychiatrist preyed on Westland Hialeah Senior High School students at a neighboring gym, according to the Sept. 27, 2011 arrest warrant.

A treaty between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic didn’t allow his extradition when he fled. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office legal and extradition unit requested a status review in 2020. Authorities in the Dominican Republic arrested him on July 21st in the municipality of Villa Altagracia.

According to Miami-Dade Schools Detective John Messenger, Marcelino was out on bond for child sex crimes in Lake County when he molested a 15-year-old boy and was involved in sexual activity with a 17-year-old boy in Miami-Dade.

Clermont Police Department detectives identified Marcelino as an employee of a mental health facility who met two Hialeah teenage boys at a gym and at a park basketball court and brought them from Hialeah to his house in Clermont to sexually abuse them, according to the arrest form. Lake County revoked Marcelino’s bond on Sept. 20, 2011.

Marcelino was a published author. Eloquent Books published his “Domestic Violence and the Need to Develop a More Holistic Approach” on Dec. 23, 2009 and L&R Editores published “I Have The Right To be Angry” in Spanish on Feb. 3, 2011.

Marcelino is facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child 12 to 16, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, indecent exposure, and two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition on a child under 16.

This is a developing story.

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