Fugitive child molester receives 240 years in prison

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Authorities arrested a convicted Valley child molester who had been on the run for nearly a decade. Steven William Dyer, 44, was busted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Tuesday at an airport in Montreal. By Mike Gertzman Authorities arrested a convicted Valley child molester who had been on the run for nearly a decade. Steven William Dyer, 44, was busted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Tuesday at an airport in Montreal. By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX  --  Fugitive child molester Steven William Dyer has been sentenced to 240 years in prison for sexually assaulting two boys in 2000 and 2001.

On April 27, Dyer received 12 consecutive 20 year sentences for 12 counts of sexual contact with a minor. He also received a concurrent sentence of a year and a half for one count of sexual indecency. 

“I commend the Canadian Border Services Agency and the U.S. Marshall’s Service for their patience, diligence and cooperation in locating this defendant and returning him to Arizona where we can now hold him accountable for his crimes,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a written statment. “When it comes to our commitment to ensuring that justice is served in Maricopa County, the adage is true: you can run, but you cannot hide.”

Dyer was charged with molesting a neighbor and another young boy in January 2001.

He fled Arizona while awaiting trial and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” on multiple occasions. 

It was believed that Dyer moved to British Columbia, where he reportedly changed his name and fraudulently became a Canadian citizen. 

Dyer was convicted in absentia in April, 2002. He was arrested on February 21, 2012 at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Montreal while returning from Venezuela.

Dyer has been credited for 79 days of time served. He will never be eligible for parole or early release.