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Mass. ‘most wanted’ fugitive arrested and charged in 1992 child rape

Dr. Richard Haugh fled the country in 1992 after being charged with child rape and numerous other child sex abuse offenses.  He was captured in Columbia on Feb. 15.
Dr. Richard Haugh fled the country in 1992 after being charged with child rape and numerous other child sex abuse offenses. He was captured in Columbia on Feb. 15.
Mass. State Police

Dr. Richard Haugh, now 71-years-old and originally from Belmont, Mass., has been a fugitive for the last 22 years, ever since he fled the U.S. after being charged with child rape, indecent assault and providing obscene material to a minor – all offenses committed against a young female in 1992.

On Feb. 14, Haugh, who has been on the Mass. State Police's Most Wanted fugitives list since fleeing the country, was arrested by police in Columbia with help from U.S. federal agents, according to WCVB in Boston.

Haugh was captured after local police, working with the U.S. Department of State pinpointed his location and directed Colombian police to his location.

Haugh was arrested after Colombian police stopped the taxi in which he was a passenger.

Police said evidence suggests Haugh, who had packed suitcases with him when he was stopped, was trying to flee again.

In addition to his child sexual abuse charges, Haugh will also be facing federal postal fraud charges brought against him by the United States Postal Service.

On the Mass. State Police’s “Most Wanted” poster, authorities described Haugh as “an accomplished author, publisher and academic” who was initially arrested on child sex abuse charges in 1992 as he was leaving his residence in Belmont armed with a .25 caliber handgun.

After being indicted and charged by the Middlesex Superior Court Grand Jury on two counts of Rape of a Child, two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14, Assault to Rape a Child and Disseminating Obscene Matter to a Minor, Haugh failed to appear at his Aug. 12, 1992 trial.

Haugh has been on the run ever since skipping out on his 1992 trial date.

Haugh was arraigned as a fugitive in Colombia and could be brought to Miami, Fla., as soon as Sunday.

After first being arraigned on his federal postal fraud charges in Miami, it’s expected that Haugh will be returned to Mass. to face his child sex abuse charges.

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