Sex Offender Jailed in Mexico, Wife Charged as Accessory

William Buchholz, 79, was allegedly using credit cards to live in Mexico while his wife was paying the bills from St. Helena, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office. She is charged as an accessory to his crimes. Reported by Bay City News Ser

A sex offender wanted on warrants in Napa and Sonoma counties was arrested in Mexico on Friday, a Napa County sheriff's captain said today.

William Buchholz, 79, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service outside of Mazatlan, Mexico. He was transported to Los Angeles County Jail and is expected to be arrive in Napa County later this week, sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Buchholz was wanted in Napa County for failing to register as a sex offender and update his address annually, Stuart said.

In Sonoma County, Superior Court records show Buchholz was charged with two counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under age 14 on June 1, 2007. The complaint against him was filed on March 5, 2009, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office began investigating Buchholz's wife Joan, 75, of St. Helena, in April after learning that she was financially supporting her husband in Mexico, Stuart said.           

Napa County sheriff's detectives and St. Helena police searched Joan Buchholz's home and found evidence that she was in contact with her husband, Stuart said.

Stuart said Buchholz was using credit cards to live in Mexico and his wife was paying the bills.

Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshals Service and turned over financial documents that contained Buchholz's location in Mexico, Stuart said.

Arrest warrants were issued in June in Napa County against William Buchholz for failing to register as a sex offender, and against Joan Buchholz for being an accessory to a crime, Stuart said.

Joan Buchholz surrendered on June 28 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month.

Detectives believe Buchholz fled the United States in 2008 to avoid being prosecuted for the alleged sex crimes in Sonoma County, Stuart said.

Reported by Bay City News Service.

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MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 26, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I have a Question If he moved to mexico Why would he have to register, As a sex offender here? (Please note I am not defending a alleged pederass) as Walter Sobchak would say.
Jeffrey Wright September 26, 2012 at 01:26 AM
He was supposed to register here in Napa and update his address annually which he failed to do and hence a warrant was issued . He was charged in Sonoma and a warrant was issued in 2009 .Police believed he fled to Mexico in 2008 to avoid prosecution .... You didn't read the article did you ???
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Jeff I did miss the Sonoma part. I thougnt he had just not registerd after moving to mexico. There where no dates on the Napa County faili to register charge.


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