After a man wanted by Spokane Police on child molestation charges was found on the other side of the world, in the Republic of Georgia, he's now sitting in the Spokane County Jail on $500,000 bond.
Charles Fletcher made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon in a Spokane County Courtroom, facing five charges relating to child molestation.
Court records show Fletcher worked at the Spokane VA before he called in sick in mid-May 2012, took $20,000 out of the joint bank account he and his wife share, then flew out of the Spokane Airport headed to Georgia – more than 6,000 miles away – to stay with his brother.
Once police confirmed Fletcher left the country, they asked the FBI for help. FBI spokesperson Ayn Dietrich confirmed to KHQ's Kelsey Watts the FBI then took a federal fugitive investigation to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Together, the agencies began working with police on the ground in Georgia, including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Interpol.
That all happened in 2012. Fletcher was charged in Spokane County Court in June and was finally arrested in Georgia in November. From there, the extradition process began and Fletcher was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday.
The representative of at least one victim was present in court Wednesday when Fletcher faced Judge Triplett, via video link.
A spokesperson for the Spokane VA confirmed Fletcher worked as an office automation assistant in radiology from October 2010 – May 2012, and he had no contact with minors on the job. Court records show the five charges against him are in no way related to his prior employment.
Fletcher will be back in court at the end of July for arraignment. If he posts bail, he is ordered to surrender his passport, not have contact with any of the victims, or contact of any kind with any minor.