A former choir director accused of sexual assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Buena Park was detained in the United Kingdom, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Roger Alan Giese was captured Tuesday — eight years after he failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on sexual assault charges — and is awaiting extradition, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller, who did not know where he was being held.

A spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting Giese, referred calls to the FBI.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno issued a warrant for Giese’s arrest on March 12, 2007, when he failed to show up for his trial.

Giese, now 39, met the alleged victim, who was 13 at the time, in his capacity as a choir director in 1998, according to the FBI.

“Giese convinced the boy’s parents to allow him to stay at their home for two weeks while he looked for a new apartment,” according to the arrest arrant. “During this two weeks he shared a bedroom with the minor, and he developed a sexual relationship with the boy. These activities continued until 1999. In 2002, the victim revealed what had happened to him, and Giese was arrested and charged.”

An Orange County district attorney’s investigator contacted the Department of Homeland Security on March 13, 2007, when records showed Giese had caught a flight two days earlier from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Cayman Islands, according to the FBI warrant.

Giese is charged with five counts of lewd acts with a child, 10 counts of lewd acts with a child 14 to 15, three counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor and one count of oral copulation of a minor.

City News Service

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