Moment New Jersey father arrested in Brazil ‘after fleeing US on charges of sexually abusing daughters of cousins aged 8 and 12’
- Julio César Cuel was arrested last Friday by federal police in Espírito Santo, Brazil
- The 44-year-old fled New Jersey after being accused of sexually abusing his cousin’s daughters, aged 8 and 12.
- On June 2, the Essex County Attorney’s Office charged him with seven charges, including two charges of aggravated assault.
- Brazil’s constitution does not allow Cuel, a Brazilian citizen, to be extradited to the United States
- A spokesman for the federal police said authorities are awaiting receipt of his file to file charges and try him under the Brazilian legal system.
Dramatic footage of a suspected pedophile being arrested in Brazil after fleeing New Jersey after alleging he sexually assaulted his cousin’s underage daughters.
Júlio César Cuel, 44, was arrested last Friday in the Espírito Santo town of Cariacica. Photos taken at the scene show him being handcuffed to a police SUV.
Cuel was indicted by the Essex County Attorney’s Office on June 2 on two counts of aggravated assault against the girls, ages eight and 12. He was also charged with three counts of sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The alleged incidents took place between May 2019 and May 2021 and came to light after one of the victims recorded details of what she believes had happened to her.
A spokesman for Espírito Santo’s Federal Police told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that authorities are still waiting to obtain all of the evidence gathered by their colleagues in New Jersey in order to press charges and try him under Brazil’s legal system.
The South American country has no extradition treaty with the United States, meaning Cuel will face trial there if officials can gather enough evidence against him.
Júlio César Cuel, 44, was arrested last Friday in Espírito Santo, Brazil. Cuel, a married father of one child, was charged by the Essex County prosecutor’s office on June 2 for sexually abusing his cousin’s two daughters, aged eight and 12, between May 2019 and May 2021. He fled New Jersey and crossed Mexico, where he boarded a flight to Brazil
Agents of the Brazilian Federal Police in Cariacica, Espírito Santo took Julio César Cuel (photo without shirt) into custody last Friday. A spokesman for Espírito Santo’s federal police told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that the 44-year-old will face trial in Brazil because the constitution prohibits Brazilian citizens from being extradited to the United States.
According to the Brazilian news channel Jornal de Brasilia, Cuel is also under investigation for possession of minor pornographic content that was stored and distributed over the Internet. Authorities were able to confiscate several items from his home.
One of the kids recorded an audio reminiscent of one of the times she was harassed by Cuel and sent it to her boyfriend, who showed it to her mother. The woman then alerted the victim’s parents, who called police.
Cuel, who is married with a seven-year-old daughter, promptly fled his cousin’s home where he had lived for three years and crossed into Mexico.
In a June interview with the Brazilian digital outlet G News USACuel said the allegations were false.
“The police tested the girls and the test itself was negative for sexual assault. They have taken exams,” he said. “From what I was told, it was negative. And that is 100 percent correct. I’ve never molested children before.’
Brazilian federal police officers in Cariacica, Espírito Santo, surround the home of Júlio César Cuel, a 44-year-old who fled New Jersey in June after being charged by the Essex County Attorney’s Office for sexually abusing his eight-year-old daughters. cousin and 12
The US Immigration and Customs Service contacted authorities in Brazil who were able to track him to his new home behind a relative’s home in Cariacica, where he lived with his wife and daughter.
His extradition to the United States is blocked by the Brazilian constitution, which forbids extradition because he is a Brazilian national.
“He knew he was already wanted by the US authorities, so he fled across the border into Mexico because he knew he would be arrested at an American airport and certainly spend his whole life behind bars,” Chief of Police Espírito Santo Federale police Eugênio Ricas said, according to G1.
“He fled overland through Mexico. In Mexico he took the plane and came to Brazil, but the US authorities shared this information with the federal police and the result is that he will be behind bars very soon and will probably spend much of his life behind bars. Spending time. ‘