GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — A wanted fugitive was located in Mexico after a four-year joint investigation by Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies and the United States Marshals Service – Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce.
Kenneth Dustin Grant was wanted for failure to appear on charges of aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, child molestation and sexual exploitation of children.
The case began in November 2008, when Grant had a friend’s teenage daughter babysit his young children.
It is believed that Grant drugged and assaulted the teenage girl, while photographing the incident. During the investigation of this incident, photographs of a similar assault on the teenage girl’s older sister and photographs of other young girls were discovered.
Grant was indicted in October 2009 and posted a $75,000 bond in January 2010. In September 2010, Grant failed to show up for a court hearing. Grant’s ankle bracelet was located in Lake Lanier with signs that it had been tampered with. Grant had been featured on “America’s Most Wanted” several times.
The task force obtained information that Grant was living in Guadalajara, Mexico, under a false identity. Members of the task force, including a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service, began working with members of the Guadalajara office of the U.S. Marshals Service as well as Mexican immigration officials, also located in Guadalajara.
Working together, those agencies then continued the investigation in Guadalajara where Grant was apprehended.
Grant was transported to Los Angeles International Airport where custody was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Grant is being held in Los Angeles until his extradition to Forsyth County.
“The interagency cooperation between the Unites States Marshals Service and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office made it possible to capture Mr. Grant,” said Sheriff Duane Piper. “I also appreciate America’s Most Wanted’s interest in this case. Their airing of this case was instrumental in the investigation.”