Fifty one year old US national and resident of Delaware, Ohio, George Stephen Cunningham, is tonight in custody of authorities from the Belize Police Department after his boat ran aground off the city’s coast on Friday night. Reports indicate that at the time of the incident, members of the Belize Coast Guard responded to his aid but after learning Cunningham’s identity he was handed over to police where he was detained thereafter.
Back in his hometown, Cunningham had been indicted November 10th, 2014 on four counts of first degree rape charges against a nine year old minor which he pleaded not guilty to all charges. However, in October of 2015, Cunningham returned to court where he pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted gross sexual imposition so as to avoid facing a jury trial on the previous four rape charges, and a result was sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
And though Cunningham had already served time in jail which amounted to a total of 326 days since his arrest in November 2014, he was credited for the time he had spent in prison and was later released in May of this year. He has been subjected to five years of post-release control and has also been registered as a tier two sex offender.
According to court documents, Cunningham is alleged to have had sexual contact with the minor sometime between February of 2009 and August of that same year. The grand jury arraignment, however, stated that he had raped the victim four times between Sept. 29th, 2010, and Sept. 28th, 2011, and between Feb 1st, 2012, and Feb 10th, 2012.
While authorities are currently unaware of the date that Cunningham arrived here in Belize, a warrant has reportedly been issued by Delaware for his return.
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