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Dec 18, 2009

3$ million bond for US molester who was a fugitive in Belize

Story PictureOne of America’s most wanted, Robert Snyder, who was found in Belize and deported to the U.S. has been offered a three million Belize dollars bail. Appearing in a Colorado Fort Collins court, Judge Dave Williams explained that the reason for setting such a high bond was that “The biggest thing is this is not just a significant flight risk, but a virtual certain flight risk”. At this morning’s hearing Snyder waived his right to have a hearing within fifteen days on a move by the prosecution revoke his probation. He also waived his right to have a preliminary hearing within thirty days for the charge that he failed to register as a sex offender. The Chess Grand Master turned fugitive, was found in Belize and deported to the United States on December fourth after his case was aired on America’s Most Wanted. The tip came from a parent of Hummingbird Elementary School student, that Snyder was teaching chess at several schools in Belize City under the alias Augustine Rios. According to the following clip from CBS News Four, Snyder is expected to be sentenced shortly.

CBC News Anchor, Reporting
The chess master who was a fugitive in Belize is now back in Fort Collins behind bars. Robert Snyder is now in the Lamar County Detention Center, and faces two new counts for failing to register as a sex offender. Snyder is a chess teacher who pleaded guilty and served time in prison for molesting adolescent boys at his overnight chess camps in Fort Collins. After his release police said Snyder took off to Belize where he was teaching chess at an elementary school.

Lamar County Police Officer
“We felt pretty strongly that people would gravitate toward the chess community that he would gravitate toward teaching young people again and that’s why we were very concerned and really wanted to get him back.”

Robert Snyder will be back in court tomorrow to start the sentencing process after having his probation revoked.

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