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Accused child molester arrested at LAX

A man facing child fondling charges in South Carolina was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said in a statement Thursday.

Robert Briggs, 25, was met by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers as he arrived from Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday. An open warrant for Briggs was issued on March 13 by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Spartanburg, S.C.

“Every day, CBP Officers at LAX and at ports of entry around the country apprehend individuals with outstanding warrants,” Todd C. Owen, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, said in the statement.

The Office of Field Operations is responsible for screening people, vehicles and goods entering the country. In 2011, CBP officers in Los Angeles apprehended a total of 499 suspects, authorities said, including those accused of murder, child molestation and drug trafficking.

Briggs is being held by the Los Angeles Police Department, which will handle his extradition proceeding to South Carolina.


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