Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Sought in Sex Case Arrested

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Sought in Sex Case Arrested

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A Ponte Vedra Beach man accused of several sex crimes involving five children in Jacksonville has been arrested in Guatemala and has been brought back to face charges.

Henry Boyer III, 41, jumped bail more than five years ago after being charged with two counts of sexual battery and three counts of lewd and lascivious assault, all involving children. He had been freed on a $100,000 bond while awaiting trial.

He is being held in the Duval County jail without bond.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office conducted an extensive search for Boyer, then learned he was in Central America. The FBI obtained a federal arrest warrant charging Boyer with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

This month, Guatemalan authorities, working with the FBI, apprehended Boyer and deported him. While in Guatemala, Boyer volunteered with a group working with street children. U.S. Embassy officials said he had been living with a 12-year-old homeless boy.

He flew to Miami Thursday and was arrested by FBI agents. Jacksonville authorities made arrangements to have Boyer returned to the city.

IN THE COURTS MURDERER SENTENCED: A Jacksonville man convicted of killing a man last year was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday.

Circuit Judge Peter Fryefield sentenced Zachary Roberts for the shooting death of Cedric Taylor, who was slain at an Art Museum Drive apartment in June 1998.

A jury convicted Roberts of second-degree murder last month after another jury failed to reach a decision during his murder trial in May.

RAPE CHARGE DROPPED: Charges have been dropped against a Jacksonville man accused of raping a woman.

Brandon Bell was arrested last month after a woman told police he choked her, hit her and raped her at a Riverview home.

Assistant State Attorney Laura Baer said yesterday the case was dropped because prosecutors cannot find the victim. …

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