Friday, April 30, 2010
Man facing 50 years if convicted in America
An American man who sought asylum in Canada to avoid prosecution on child-sex charges in his homeland has been deported.
Troy Robert Greenbank was transferred to the custody of U.S. authorities after his bid to remain in Canada failed, a Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson said Thursday.
Greenbank, a 31-year-old Missouri native, entered Canada at the Emerson crossing on Sept. 30, 2008, and had been staying in a Winnipeg hotel for about a week when he was arrested by police.
He entered the country before he was indicted in Missouri on two sex offences involving a minor.
He challenged deportation proceedings and attempted to obtain refugee status.
Greenbank had been in CBSA custody since his arrest, the spokesperson said.
He’s accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 10-year-old girl and the girl’s mom, whom he met in an Internet chat room.
He came to Canada 17 months ago looking to escape prosecution on serious child sex charges.
But the long arm of the law has not only led to his deportation, Troy Greenbank is facing up to 50 years behind bars if convicted in his home state of Missouri on allegations he arranged to have sex with a 10-year-old girl following an Internet arrangement with the victim's mother.
"I would like to commend the CBSA (Canadian Boarder Services Agency) officers involved in the removal of this individual from our country," federal public safety minister Vic Toews said in a statement. "This government will not tolerate the harbouring of fugitives from justice. We are committed to ensuring that the safety and security of Canadians are not compromised."
The Free Press first broke news of Greenbank's November 2008 arrest and his subsequent fight to remain in Canada. Winnipeg police found Greenbank inside the Woodbine Hotel on Main Street, where he'd been living since he crossed into Canada through the Emerson border about a month earlier. He was allowed entry into the country because he has no prior criminal record and charges of child pornography and procuring sex with a minor had not yet been laid by U.S. officials.
The Free Press obtained court documents that outline the disturbing allegations against Greenback.
Greenbank allegedly met a woman in an Internet chat room in 2007 and arranged for them to meet at a motel in Springfield, Mo., to have sex. Greenbank is then accused of requesting to have a threesome with the woman and her 10-year-old daughter.
Police raided Greenbank's home and seized several items including DVDs "depicting sadistic sexual behaviour," books and materials on serial killers and covert surveillance and spy equipment, according to documents. Police have taken several statements from witnesses, including Greenbank's ex-wife and another woman he previously met online.