American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradited

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American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradited

Post by General Mackevili » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:35 am

Agents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday escorted a 25-year-old American man from Phnom Penh to the U.S., following his arrest in Preah Sihanouk province on Saturday for allegedly raping a girl multiple times in the state of Washington, an immigration police official said.

At the request of the U.S. Embassy, police on Saturday arrested Ian Andrew Heller on Koh Rong off the coast of Sihanoukville, where he had been living for the past two months after skipping bail in Washington’s Clark County.

Mr. Heller faces four counts of child rape, according to court documents.

On Thursday, two FBI officials saw the American back to the U.S., said Ouk Hay Seila, director of the investigation and procedure enforcement bureau at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department.

“When we took him to airport, there were two FBI officials awaiting him to arrive, and we handed him over to them to take him directly to the U.S.,” he said.

Although Cambodia and the U.S. have not signed an extradition treaty, Mr. Seila said, the two countries “have an informal agreement for extradition.”

The rules governing extradition requests from countries with which Cambodia does not have a formal extradition treaty are hazy. In April, the Supreme Court ruled against deporting Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky back to Moscow to face embezzlement charges there, citing the lack of a treaty between the two nations.

But in 2012, Russian serial pedophile Alexander Trofimov was extradited.....

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Re: American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradi

Post by Digg3r » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:21 am

I would say the extradition rules only apply if you're a child molester, Uyghur or computer hacker.

Any other crim gets to pay a "fine" to stay.
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Post by General Mackevili » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:17 am

His court date is today. Let's see what happens...





Child rape suspect back in custody in Vancouver

He is accused of fleeing to Cambodia, Ireland.

A Vancouver man accused of fleeing to Cambodia to avoid prosecution of child rape charges in Clark County appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court.

Ian Andrew Heller, 25, was apprehended by local police in Preah Sihanouk province for having an “illegal expired passport,” according to The Cambodia Daily. He was then sent to the department of immigration in Phnom Penh. The passport, according to The Cambodia Daily, was issued in Nebraska, where Heller was born.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies picked him up Sept. 30 in Los Angeles, where he was held on a bench warrant out of Clark County.

Heller claimed that he has an Irish passport and has been living in Ireland on and off for the past six months, said pretrial release officer Erin Welch. He did not mention his trip to Cambodia, Welch said.

Judge Suzan Clark on Wednesday held Heller in lieu of $500,000 bail.

“If he has fled to that extent, the flight risk is of great concern,” Clark said.

She set an Oct. 15 hearing in front of Judge Gregory Gonzales to reschedule Heller’s trial. Heller’s attorney, Bob Vukanovich, indicated he also would ask Gonzales to reconsider Heller’s bail amount. Vukanovich suggested that the court could confiscate Heller’s Irish passport to prevent him from leaving the country.

The arrest came nearly two months after Heller’s defense attorney and supervised release officer lost contact with him.

Heller is accused of raping a girl multiple times.

When he was released from jail last year, he was ordered to stay with his half-brother, Keith Griffith, in Kelso. Griffith told the officer that Heller moved without letting him know what his new address would be. A bench warrant was issued for Heller’s arrest at the end of July for not reporting his new address as required by law, court documents said.

Then, after Heller didn’t appear for an Aug. 7 court appointment, Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson filed a charge of.....

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Post by General Mackevili » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:14 am

Trial set for Vancouver child rape suspect found in Cambodia

A Vancouver man accused of fleeing to Cambodia to avoid prosecution of child rape charges in Clark County is scheduled to be tried on the charges Jan. 12.

Ian Andrew Heller, 25, pleaded not guilty in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday to a new charge of bail jumping, related to his trip to Cambodia.

Judge Gregory Gonzales denied a request by Heller’s attorney, Bob Vukanovich, to reduce Heller’s bail amount, which is $500,000.

“The defendant fled to Cambodia while this (rape) case was pending,” said Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson. “While he was in the Los Angeles jail, he said he was going to flee again, that he had an Irish passport.”

Vukanovich suggested making Heller forfeit his passport as a condition of release and reducing bail to no more than $100,000.

Heller was apprehended by local police in Preah Sihanouk province and then was sent to the department of immigration in Phnom Penh, according to The Cambodia Daily.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies picked him up Sept. 30 in Los Angeles, where he was held on a bench warrant out of Clark County.

The arrest came nearly two months after Heller’s defense attorney and supervised release officer lost contact with him.

Heller is accused of raping a girl multiple times. When he was released from jail last year, he was ordered to stay with his half-brother, Keith Griffith, in Kelso. Griffith told the officer that Heller moved without letting him know what his new address would be. A bench warrant was issued for Heller’s arrest at the end of July for.....

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Re: American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradi

Post by Sir_Quality_U_Feel » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:27 am

So us he Canadian or American?
I'll give ya 500 Riel for it...
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Re: American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradi

Post by Soi Dog » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:30 am

Sir_Quality_U_Feel wrote:So us he Canadian or American?
Vancouver, Washington, USA.
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Re: American Ian Andrew Heller Charged w/ Child Rape Extradi

Post by Sailorman » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:05 am

A good criminal attorney would be able to rip the US government a new one on the extradition part. The other parts, well he screwed up bad. I wonder how much this arrest cost the US tax payers in under-the-table-payment made out of our embassy in PP?
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Post by General Mackevili » Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:46 am

Sailorman wrote:I wonder how much this arrest cost the US tax payers in under-the-table-payment made out of our embassy in PP?
Money well spent.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu May 21, 2015 10:16 pm

A Vancouver man argues he is being falsely accused of child rape, stemming from a heated "mooning" incident involving his then-girlfriend, the alleged victim and her friend. His defense attorney said the girl made up the story to protect her friend and that it "snowballed" out of control.

The prosecution says that he is a predator who took advantage of a teenager.

A jury is expected to decide his fate today.

Ian Andrew Heller, 25, is on trial in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly raping the girl when she was 13 and 14 years old. He faces two counts of second-degree child rape, two counts of third-degree child rape and bail jumping. Heller allegedly fled to Cambodia last year to avoid prosecution.

The jury began deliberations Wednesday afternoon, but was sent home for the evening and asked to return today.

During closing arguments, Heller's defense attorney, Bob Vukanovich, told the jury that the alleged victim fabricated the rape story as a way to protect a male friend. Heller apparently was upset with the friend after he "mooned" Heller's then-girlfriend while she was sleeping. Heller said he reported the incident to police.

Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson argued the defense was playing up the mooning incident to mislead the jury and discredit the alleged victim.

The victim testified that Heller raped her 20 to 30 times between the summer of 2011 and April 2012. She waited several months later to report it because she was afraid she'd get into trouble, Robinson said.

Robinson said Heller seized onto an opportunity to manipulate and pressure the girl, whom he knew, into having sex with him.

"He knew exactly what he was doing. She was powerless to stop it," he said.

"Why is a 22-year-old spending all this time with a 13-year-old? It doesn't make any sense," he added.

The fact that Heller fled to Cambodia is also a sign of his "conscious guilt," Robinson argued.

Heller was apprehended last year by local police in the Preah Sihanouk province for having an "illegal expired passport," according to The Cambodia Daily.

Clark County sheriff's deputies picked him up Sept. 30 when he arrived in Los Angeles.

Robinson told jurors the case boils down to whether they believe the alleged victim.

"The details that she provided are proof that this happened," he said.

The defense said this case is an example of a "he-said, she-said argument" that revolves around credibility, especially the alleged victim's.

Vukanovich said there were many inconsistencies in the girl's testimony and in her statements during interviews. He said she changed her story about how and when she met Heller and about the first time he allegedly raped her. The girl's time line of events also didn't match up with other witnesses' testimony, Vukanovich said.

Robinson said although he acknowledges there were some inconsistencies, he argued they don't take away from the girl's credibility. In fact, he said "the minor differences" make her more credible because she's clearly not repeating a rehearsed story.

Robinson said the alleged victim also knew intimate details about Heller, including his body odor, a detail she couldn't have made up.

"What's the pot at the end of the rainbow for her? She went through all of this because it happened. She's telling the truth," he said.

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat May 23, 2015 12:16 am

Hung jury!

Child rape trial ends in hung jury

Retrial scheduled July 6; defense said claims were made up

After deliberating for about six hours over a two-day span, jurors hit a stalemate Thursday afternoon in the case of a Vancouver man accused of raping a teenaged girl and fleeing to Cambodia last year to avoid prosecution.

Jurors heard three days of testimony, which included the alleged victim and defendant, but apparently were not swayed beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence.

Ian Andrew Heller, 25, was on trial in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly raping the girl, whom he knew, when she was 13 and 14 years old. He faced two counts of second-degree child rape, two counts of third-degree child rape and bail jumping.

The jury returned to the courtroom shortly after 1 p.m. to ask what to do if they couldn't reach an unanimous decision. They had asked a similar question earlier that morning. Judge Gregory Gonzales decided to call a mistrial.

A retrial is scheduled for July 6. Efforts to reach Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson were unsuccessful Thursday.

Heller's defense attorney, Bob Vukanovich, said he was hoping for a not-guilty verdict but said he would take the hung jury.

"I felt very strongly that we had some good evidence that this young lady's credibility was brought into question," he said. "This was the kind of case that we don't have any hard evidence. It's a 'he-said, she-said' so it's really based on credibility."

During Wednesday's closing arguments, Vukanovich said his client was being falsely accused of child rape. He argued the girl fabricated the rape story, following a "mooning" incident involving Heller, his then-girlfriend, the alleged victim and her male friend. Heller apparently was upset with the male friend after he "mooned" his then-girlfriend while she was sleeping. Heller said he reported the incident to police.

The alleged victim had testified that Heller raped her 20 to 30 times between the summer of 2011 and April 2012. She said she waited to report it because she was afraid of getting into trouble.

Vukanovich said there were many inconsistencies in the girl's testimony and in her statements during interviews. Her time line of events also didn't match up with other witnesses' testimony, he said.

Robinson acknowledged some inconsistencies but said they don't take away from the alleged victim's credibility. He argued they are proof that she wasn't using a rehearsed story.

He also argued that Heller fleeing to Cambodia is a sign of his "conscious guilt."

Heller was apprehended last year by local police in the Preah Sihanouk province for having an "illegal expired passport," according to The Cambodia Daily.

Clark County sheriff's deputies picked him up Sept. 30 when he arrived in Los Angeles.


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