Diplomatic Security Helps Locate U.S. Child-Rape Suspect in Peru

Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
August 19, 2010

George Alvin Viste Arrested in Lima

Special agents from the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) located George Alvin Viste in Peru. Viste is wanted in Clark County, Washington on seven different criminal charges including the rape of a child, child molestation, and incest.

In May, the U.S. Marshals Service asked DSS to help track American fugitive George Alvin Viste, who was believed to be hiding in Peru. DSS, the State Department’s law enforcement arm, has representatives in U.S. embassies overseas and is respected for finding criminals who are attempting to hide from justice in other countries.

“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Office in Lima worked closely with the U.S. Marshals Service and our law enforcement counterparts in Peru to locate Viste,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service. “This is an example of the unparalleled capability of Diplomatic Security to pursue, locate, and return fugitives.”

DSS worked effectively and collaboratively with Peruvian police and the U.S. Marshals Service. The team learned that Viste entered Peru across the border with Bolivia and was most likely hiding out in a remote and rugged jungle region in northern Peru.

DSS special agents determined Viste planned to travel by air from the jungle to the capital of Lima at the end of July. Upon landing in Lima on July 30, Viste proceeded to baggage claim. A DSS special agent was standing nearby and called his name. Viste responded and was arrested by Peruvian Interpol authorities.

George Viste is incarcerated in the Callao Prison of Lima, Peru awaiting extradition to the United Sates and ultimately, back in to the hands of Clark County, Washington law enforcement authorities.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at 2009-2017.state.gov/m/ds.

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