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Fugitive coach arrested in Poland

A Fairfax County man who fled the country after his arrest for molesting a 12-year-old boy has been captured in Poland and now awaits extradition back to Fairfax, authorities said Thursday.

John E. Hamilton, 39, of Centreville, formerly coached baseball in the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association. A boy who played for him in 1997 contacted Fairfax police in 2009 to allege that he’d been sexually assaulted years earlier.

John E. Hamilton

Hamilton was charged in June 2009 with aggravated sexual battery and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child under his supervision. He was scheduled to plead guilty in October, but instead disappeared.

Interpol and the U.S. Marshals Service joined the hunt for Hamilton, and in July began tracking Hamilton’s movements between Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic, according to Billy Sorukas, chief of international investigations for the marshals service.

On Wednesday, Sorukas said, Hamilton was on a bus leaving the Czech Republic and entering Poland at the border town of Gliwice. He said Hamilton “appeared to be acting in a suspicious manner, and was unable to provide identification.”

Polish border officials were able to determine his identity from other documents Hamilton was carrying, Sorukas said, and contacted Interpol late Wednesday. Officials in Washington sent Hamilton’s fingerprints to Poland and confirmed his identity, Sorukas said.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  August 26, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Around the World , Fairfax , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Where are you guys who always have comments about crime in DC and PG County?
As usual, with crime in Virginia, and criminals from Virginia, NO COMMENTS.
Well, I have a comment. What's up with the men in Virginia persistantly sexually assualting children? Everyone should be chiming in on this type of crime.

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | August 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh honey you may not hear much comment on this one cause his name aint jose or delonte. Sad aint it?

Posted by: bigheadbull2 | August 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hlynchmaster, It's because Maryland and DC's criminals are much funnier and silly to talk about.

Posted by: swatkins1 | August 26, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if he gets the Roman Polanski treatment?

Posted by: cr10 | August 27, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

I played for Hamilton around 1997. He was a crappy coach.

Posted by: pcole7 | August 27, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm wondering how he'll look when he's forced to wear lipstick for his celllmate?

Posted by: kenk3 | August 27, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

You know, this story makes me feel great. No matter badly I screw up at work today, I can say, "At least I didn't molest any minors and have to flee to E. Europe."

Posted by: Dan4 | August 27, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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