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Posted April 27, 2012 | 8 Comments
Former fugitive sentenced in 2000 sex crime
Man tried to flee after discovery on reality show
By Alex Bridges -- email@example.com
WINCHESTER -- A Florida man accused of fleeing the country to avoid trial on a sex crime more than 10 years ago then found while appearing on a reality TV show in 2010 pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser crime.
William Edgar Dick II, 30, with a last known address of Polk City, appeared in Frederick County Circuit Court to face a jury trial on a charge of forcible sodomy. Authorities accused Dick of committing the sex crime against another teen boy at a residence in the county on June 10, 2000.
But instead of going to trial again Dick entered an agreement reached between the commonwealth and his attorney, Timothy Coyne. Under the agreement, Dick pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a misdemeanor, and received a 12-month jail sentence. The judge also ordered Dick to pay a $2,500 fine, according to court information.
However, Dick received a far stiffer penalty for his failure to appear for the original jury trial Jan. 9, 2002. The judge sentenced Dick to five years in prison with two years suspended. Dick also must serve five years of supervised probation.
When Dick didn't show for his original jury trial authorities continued to search for the defendant over the following years. However, it wasn't until almost 10 years later that investigators learned of Dick's possible whereabouts. A friend of the victim learned that Dick may have starred in the MTV reality show, "The Hills," filmed in Costa Rica. Court documents on file in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg used to seek Dick's arrest on a fugitive from justice warrant indicate that the defendant had appeared in the show under an assumed name.
Investigators with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and federal authorities made efforts to bring Dick back to the United States but the extradition process took months.