Santa Monica Lookout
|Fugitive Child Molestation Suspect Returned to Santa Monica||
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By Daniel Larios
March 28, 2014 -- A suspect in a child molestation case in Santa Monica has been apprehended in Florida after evading authorities for six years.
On Wednesday, March 12, Santa Monica Police Department detectives traveled to the Orlando area to accept custody of Christopher Carrington Camp, a former Santa Monica resident and fugitive suspect in a juvenile sexual assault case.
Camp waived extradition and was transported back to California on the following Friday, March 14. According to authorities, Camp was booked into the Santa Monica Jail on multiple charges of “lewd and lascivious act on a child under the age of 14,” with bail being set at $1 million.
Camp has been on the run from authorities since July of 2008, when he learned that he was under investigation.
"The investigators are still investigating with regard to this,” Sgt. Jay Moroso told the Lookout. “Though they had enough probable cause to make an arrest, they are still working with the DA and the victim to prosecute the suspect."
Camp was arraigned on March 17, and the court date to schedule his preliminary hearing will be held on April 2, at LAX Court Department 142.
Camp's discovery and arrest were the result of a collaborative effort between the SMPD Juvenile and Missing Person Unit detectives, the U.S. Marshal's Service and local law enforcement in Florida, according to Sgt. Moroso.
The Santa Monica Police Department declined to further comment on the ongoing case.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Detective Gladden of the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8931 or the Watch Commander at (310) 458-8426.
Additionally, those wishing to report information anonymously may contact We-Tip at 1-800-782-7463 (wetip.com) or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 (lacrimestoppers.org).
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