Mexico: German sought in sex ring case recaptured

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Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 21 at 8:04 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico say police have captured a German man who had been a fugitive since escaping from jail in 2009 after being charged with being part of a prostitution and child pornography ring.

Officials say 67-year-old Harry Walter Pfeil was arrested Friday in the state of Tlaxcala. They say he had been using a false name.

Pfeil is alleged to have been a business associate of Jean Succar Kuri in a Cancun-based sex ring that had branches in the U.S. state of California. Succar Kuri is serving 60 years in prison.

A statement Sunday from Quintana Roo state prosecutors alleges that Pfeil paid $4 million to five prison officials to help him escape in 2009 while being held on pedophilia, rape and fraud charges.

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