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International Fugitive Extradited for 2002 Case

Released on Friday, May 3, 2019
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  • James Bachmann

In 2002, Fort Collins Police detectives filed multiple charges against James Bachmann (DOB 10/21/63) for sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child, and possession of a controlled substance. However, prior to prosecution, Bachmann failed to appear for court and disappeared from the area.

In August 2018, police received a tip about his whereabouts and Criminal Impact Unit detectives ultimately determined that Bachmann was living in Switzerland. Detectives worked with authorities, including the District Attorney’s Office and Interpol, to complete a red notice, which is an international alert circulated to member countries regarding individuals wanted for extradition.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Bachmann frequented Asia and Europe on a regular basis. They determined that Bachmann would be traveling from Indonesia to Doha, Qatar in Spring 2019. After working with the Department of Justice and Department of State, detectives received confirmation that Qatari officials would detain Bachmann for extradition. A Fort Collins detective and two US Marshals flew to the Middle East to assist with extradition. On April 25, 2019, Bachmann was extradited back to Larimer County where he is being held on a $2 million cash bond.

“We’re extremely grateful to our local, national, and international partners who helped successfully locate and extradite this suspect,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “I’m also incredibly proud of the detectives who went above and beyond to bring Bachmann back to face prosecution.”

Bachmann was booked into the Larimer County Jail on April 25. A booking photo is attached courtesy of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.