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Accused Irish child predator arrested in Guilderland

He faces an extradition hearing next week

GUILDERLAND — A fugitive facing more than 300 sex offense charges in Ireland related to two child victims has been arrested in Guilderland, authorities said.

Raymond Donlon, age not available, most recently of Western Avenue, was arrested this week by Homeland Security, with assistance from Guilderland police. He is accused in Ireland of protracted sexual abuse of two children from 2004 to 2009 in the small community of Longford, according to a federal complaint filed against him. Among the charges are 210 counts of sexual assault and 177 counts of rape.

He is accused of coaching and grooming the victims. He allegedly abused one from the age of 11 to 16, and the other starting at age 13.

A Homeland Security spokesperson was not available Thursday due to the government shutdown. Guilderland police confirmed they assisted in the arrest and they had not had dealings with the suspect previously.

Donlon fled Ireland soon after charges were filed against him there in 2013. In September, the Irish Garda police service requested assistance from U.S. Homeland Security to apprehend him.

Homeland Security tracked Donlon down in Guilderland at an apartment near the intersection of routes 20 and 146. Authorities believe he had lived there since April 2018. Investigators verified his address through surveillance, utility records and postal records.

Prior to his arrest, he was last observed there on Jan. 13. He appeared in court Thursday and is due back for an extradition hearing on Jan. 25. He remains in custody.


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