Saturday, February 27, 1999

Teen's suitor charged again

British man faces federal authorities

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A federal charge was filed Friday against a 37-year-old Briton who “met” a 15-year-old Hamilton girl over the Internet, then was arrested after he traveled here to meet her in person.

        The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service filed a federal charge against Ian Waddup, accusing him of making false statements, said John DiPuccio, an assistant U.S. Attorney in Cincinnati.

        Foreign visitors lacking visas fill out a “non-immigrant visa waiver form,” which asks questions about the visitor's background, Mr. DiPuccio explained. Authorities allege that on Feb. 8, when Mr. Waddup arrived at a Chicago airport, he represented that he had never been convicted of an offense or crime involving “moral turpitude,” Mr. DiPuccio said.

        “He checked the "no' block,” Mr. DiPuccio said. However, the INS learned Mr. Waddup had been convicted in 1994 for “indecent assault” on two girls in the United Kingdom. If he had admitted to the convictions, he would have been prohibited from entering the United States, officials have said.

        Mr. Waddup, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of interfering with the custody of a child and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child. Mr. Waddup is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

        Mr. DiPuccio said prosecution on the federal charge will proceed after prosecution on the state charges is complete.

        Springdale Police arrested Mr. Waddup Feb. 9.

        In a jail-house interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Mr. Waddup said he meant the girl no harm.


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