Massachusetts State Police confirmed that Colombian police and federal agents arrested Richard S. Haugh, a former Falmouth resident who has been on Massachusetts’ most wanted list and an international fugitive for over 20 years.
State troopers confirmed that he was arrested Friday night in Colombia and was scheduled to be transported to a Miami, Florida, holding cell.
Dr. Haugh, 71, was an accomplished author and academic, and was a founder of Falmouth Academy in 1977. He moved to Sharon Avenue, East Falmouth, in 1975 with his wife and three children. He ran for Falmouth School Committee in 1977, but later withdrew, due to conflicts of interest with the founding of Falmouth Academy. He sold the home in 1981.
Dr. Haugh was accused of sexual offenses against a female child in 1992 in Belmont. He was arrested as he left his residence armed with a licensed .25-caliber handgun, according to state police. He was charged and later indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court grand jury for 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. He was supposed to appear in court on August 12, 1992, but never showed up and had been on the run ever since, according to state police.
State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Belmont police, and the US Department of State pinpointed his whereabouts in the South American country on Friday, February 14, and directed local police to his location.
Colombian police stopped a taxi in which Dr. Haugh was a passenger. The taxi was stopped en route from Cali to Cartagena.
The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, which assisted in the investigation and will prosecute Dr. Haugh, will coordinate his extradition with federal officials. He will ultimately be returned to Massachusetts to answer to charges.