Vietnam arrests, extradites alleged child molester to US

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A 71-year-old Vietnamese-American wanted by US police on child molestation charges was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City and extradited back to the US last week.


According to police from the Ministry of Public Security, Vu Ngoc Doanh, who had resided in Clayton, Georgia, was arrested last Tuesday evening while hiding out at a relative's house in HCMC's District 6.


The arrest was made after a two-day search by Vietnamese police following tips that Doanh was in HCMC.


Vietnamese police had been searching for Doanh per the request of the US Consulate General in HCMC.


US daily newspaper the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last Friday the man was extradited back to the US, and was arrested upon arrival at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

He faces two counts of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, enticing a child for indecent purposes, child molestation and aggravated battery charges stemming from a 2010 incident, according to Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

Doanh moved to Vietnam in 2010 after being told he was facing charges, Hill said in an emailed statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Doanh allegedly committed additional offences of child molestation in Vietnam, according to the sheriff's office.


Details of Doanh's alleged offenses in Vietnam were not released by Vietnamese police.


Doanh was being held without bond Friday night in Fulton County Jail, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


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