U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Maryland man on Florida child molestation charges at Dulles Airport June 5 as he attempted to board a flight to Dubai.
While conducting outbound enforcement, CBP officers encountered Clement Francis, 37, who is wanted in Santa Rosa County, Florida, on charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.
CBP officers escorted the Germantown, Maryland resident to the International Arrivals Building where officers confirmed Francis’ identity. Officers verified with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department that the warrant remained active and that they wanted to extradite Francis. CBP officers arrested Francis and turned him over to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police officers.
“Customs and Border Protection officers sometimes encounter travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and we work to return them to the jurisdiction of their criminal charges,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for Washington Dulles. “This warrant arrest is another example of CBP’s collaboration with our law enforcement partners to protect victims’ rights, return fugitives to justice, and to help keep our communities safe.”