FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - A Forsyth County fugitive featured on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after being located in Mexico following a four-year investigation.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce teamed up to find and arrest 45-year-old Kenneth Dustin Grant.
Grant was was wanted for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities said the taskforce obtained information that Grant was living in Guadalajara, Mexico under a false identity. Members of the taskforce, including a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Marshals Service, began working with members of the Guadalajara office of the United States Marshals Service as well as Mexican immigration officials, also located in Guadalajara. Working together, they continued the investigation in Guadalajara where Grant was arrested.
Grant was transported to Los Angeles International Airport where custody was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department. Grant is being held in Los Angeles until his extradition to Forsyth County, sheriff’s officials said.
“The inter-agency cooperation between the Unites States Marshals Service and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office made it possible to capture Mr. Grant,” Sheriff Duane Piper said. “I also appreciate 'America’s Most Wanted’s' interest in this case. Their airing of this case was instrumental in the investigation.”
The case began in November 2008, when authorities said Grant had a friend’s teenage daughter babysit his young children. Authorities believe Grant drugged and assaulted the teenage girl, while photographing the incident. During the investigation, photographs of a similar assault on the teenage girl’s older sister and photographs of other young girls were discovered, authorities said.
Grant was indicted in October, 2009 and posted a $75,000 bond in January 2010. In September 2010, Grant failed to show up for a court hearing. His ankle bracelet was located in Lake Lanier with signs that it had been tampered with, sheriff’s officials said.
Grant had been featured on "America’s Most Wanted" several times.