Child rapist returned to UK after spending nearly four years on the run in Brazil.
A child rapist who spent almost four years on the run from police has been returned to the UK to serve his prison sentence.
Antonio Pedro De Olivera Alves was tracked down in Rio de Janeiro after failing to answer bail in 2013.
Staffordshire Police confirmed that he had been returned to the UK yesterday morning and he will appear in court later today.
He was arrested for raping a 12-year-old girl in January 2012 after befriending her by pretending to be a teenage boy.
They later met and he raped her in his vehicle, police said.
He was found guilty in his absence of raping a child under the age of 13 and handed an 11-year prison sentence.
Initially a European Arrest Warrant was issued but in 2014 police discovered that he had gone to Brazil.
They worked with Brazilian authorities and he was arrested in 2016. After lengthy extradition hearings it was decided by the Brazilian Supreme Court that Alves should be returned to the UK.
DC Jason Reaney said: ‘This case is a great example of the tenacity of our detectives and the cooperation of agencies across the world. Time and distance has made no difference in the outcome for Alves.
‘We knew we would finally track him down and we knew this would become a world-wide hunt. After all the hard work Alves will now serve the sentence for his crimes.’