KPD assists federal agents with sex offender arrest

LIHUE — Agents of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested a fugitive sex offender on Kauai.

About 9:15 a.m. Friday, members of the Marshals task force were assisted by officers from the Kauai Police Department in locating and arresting 51-year-old Michael Gary Nielsen of Taylorsville, Utah. He was allegedly wanted on a warrant for a parole violation related to a 2002 child sex crime.

“We are pleased to report that the joint mission was successful and as a result, a wanted sex offender has been removed from our community and extradited back to Utah,” said KPD Assistant Chief Roy Asher.

Utah Department of Corrections issued an arrest warrant for Nielsen on Sept. 27, 2012, charging him with a parole violation. A convicted sex offender, Nielsen fled Utah and was using the alias name of Russell Pearson to maintain a residence on Haleilio Road in Kapaa.

Nielsen was transported to Kauai Police Station for booking. He has a pending court appearance for extradition to Utah.

On Sept. 6, 2002, Nielsen was arrested and later convicted of two counts of aggravated first-degree sexual abuse of a child, and a misdemeanor count of violating a protective order, and one count of tampering with a witness or juror. The victim was an 8-year-old female family member.

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