Brian L. Wheeler called himself "the computer guru" as he worked out of his Juneau home.
The federal officer who arrested him Wednesday said he was known by an entirely different name in Texas, where he is wanted on charges involving sexual abuse of a minor, according to Alaska State Troopers.
As Albert A. Aylor, the man known as Wheeler appeared Thursday afternoon in Juneau District Court. Anchorage-based U.S. Deputy Marshal Kevin Guinn, in Juneau on Thursday, said he couldn't discuss how the 51-year-old man was located, but he said the man had been living under an assumed name in town for at least a year.
"Can I waive my rights and go back to Texas?" Aylor asked District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. in court Thursday.
Sivertsen said he was reluctant to waive extradition and appointed the public defender's office to represent him "in the best interest of justice."
"I don't have a penny to my name," Aylor told the judge, after Juneau District Attorney Patrick Gullufsen asked if his ability to pay for his own attorney should be part of the record. Aylor said he is "about $8,000 in debt."
Sivertsen set bail at $100,000. He said that if Texas extradites him, the process could take up to 90 days.
Gullufsen asked for the $100,000 bail to keep him behind bars in Juneau, saying Aylor had left Texas after posting $10,000 bond guaranteeing future court appearances on sexual abuse charges.
"They would like to see Mr. Aylor," Gullufsen said of the Texas authorities.
In Waco, Texas, on Thursday, McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said he is aware Aylor is being held in Alaska. He also confirmed that Aylor "jumped bail" and faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor.
Guinn said Aylor was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. without incident, with the help of state troopers and Juneau police, in the 1100 block of Timberline Court in the Twin Lakes area.
"He knew exactly why we were there," Guinn said, although a girlfriend staying with "had no clue."
She had been with him for less than three months, coming to Alaska after meeting him through the Internet, he said. Vic Aye, a state troopers task force officer, said the woman came to Alaska from Indiana.
Aylor had no family in Juneau and was self-employed. He worked out of his home, repairing computers. The label "computer guru" was printed on his business card.
Guinn said Aylor had identification with the Wheeler name but did not have an Alaska driver's license.
The fugitive task force works with leads from departments all over the country, looking for people wanted elsewhere.
Moving to Alaska to make a new life and avoid prosecution "is not much of a life," Guinn said. "Many people think they can hide out. It's just a matter of time before they're caught."
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