(CMR) A lecturer at a Jamaica university whose DNA has been linked to several crimes, including sexual battery, is to be extradited to the United States to answer these charges.
Russell McLean, a lecturer in the College of Humanities, Behavioural and Social Sciences at the Northern Caribbean University, is wanted in Florida for alleged offenses that date back to 1997, Jamaica Gleaner reported.
McLean, who was arrested last week, waived his right to an extradition hearing and agreed to go to the US. He is wanted for armed sexual battery, armed burglary of a dwelling, armed kidnapping, burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting law enforcement with violence.
According to The Gleaner, the university disclosed that at the time of McLean’s employment, approximately 20 years ago, routine background checks were done, and nothing damaging was uncovered.
According to documents disclosed in court supporting the extradition request, investigations into the allegations against McLean went cold for 13 years before detectives got a breakthrough.
DNA tests conducted in 2010 reportedly linked him to other criminal offences, prompting investigators to reopen the case, The Gleaner reported.
According to the unsealed extradition documents, American law-enforcement agents resumed their pursuit of McLean and were tipped off last year that he was residing in Jamaica.