A 43-year-old former Hawaii corrections officer who has been on the run for about two years after being accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate was arrested Saturday by U.S. marshals in Micronesia.
James Siugpiyemal was indicted in October 2014 on three counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. He was a corrections officer at Maui Community Correctional Center when he forced a female inmate to engage in sexual intercourse and sexual contact, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities in Yap detained Siugpiyemal on Sept. 20 in connection with the charges against him on Maui.
Siugpiyemal, a citizen of Micronesia, waived his right to contest his extradition and was held until U.S. marshals could bring him back to the United States.
Marshals arrested him on Saturday and turned him over to Maui police over the weekend.
Maui police worked with U.S. Marshals to track down Siugpiyemal, who initially fled to Guam, then traveled to Yap in October 2014. Investigators found Siugpiyemal made phone calls to family and friends on Maui, telling them “goodbye” and that he had no intentions of returnin to the United States, the Marshals Service said.
Besides marshals and Maui police, the Maui Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs worked with Micronesia’s government to have Siugpiyemal arrested.
According to the Kaselehlie Press, a newspaper in Micronesia, Siugpiyemal is the first Micronesian citizen to be extradited to the United States since 2005.