A fugitive, caught in the
Canadian woods in the dead of winter, is being returned to Houston Thursday to
face charges he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
Aamir Khan, 41, was arrested by
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in November while sneaking into that country
from New York with his wife and son.
“He was literally walking
through the woods,” said Kim Bryant, head of the fugitive-apprehension section
of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “We’d like to thank the
Mounties for capturing him, so he can be held accountable, and his young victim
can see justice.”
Khan is believed to have headed
to Canada in a bid to make his way back to his native Pakistan.
After his arrest in Quebec, he
unsuccessfully sought asylum.
Canadian authorities then
ordered that he be extradited back to the United States. He is being returned
by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Khan is charged in Harris
County with indecency with a child and sexual assault of a child. The
second-degree felonies carry penalties of two to 20 years in prison.
A date has not yet been set for
his court appearance here in the 338th State District Court.
“Our team focuses its efforts
on the most violent offenders,” Bryant said. “We are pleased to extend those
The sexual assault was
investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.