US Marshals searching for fugitive child sex assault suspect last seen in Austin
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is hoping to bring justice to an Austin child that authorities say was sexually abused by a family member.
Tosan Eruwayo was arrested in 2009 for the aggravated sexual assault of a child.
The Austin Police Child Abuse Unit conducted the investigation and found that Eruwayo had sexually abused a child multiple times.
"The six-year-old victim at the time was a family member," said Supervisory Deputy Marshal Hector Gomez. "These criminal activities were taking place multiple times over the course of a year in the home."
But after the arrest, Eruwayo bonded out. He was never heard from again.
"We do not know where he is at, we do know that his last siting of Eruwayo was in the Austin area," Gomez said.
US Marshals believe he could have fled to his native Nigeria, but according to Gomez that will not stop the search.
"We owe everything in our power to bring Eruwayo to justice so that we do not fail the victim," Gomez said.
But although an arrest is law enforcement's priority, experts say the focus should turn to the child.
"What matters the most for children is that they can feel safe and they can feel protected," said Ana Maria Cabezas, Project Hopes' counselor at the The SAFE Alliance.
Especially in cases where the abuse happened repeatedly and from a family member.
"A family member will have the upper hand in a way, with having more proximity there will be more encounters," Cabezas said.
Making it an even bigger motivation for the Task Force to find Eruwayo.
"We don't want to fail the victims of violent crimes and we certainly don't want to fail this six-year-old victim," Gomez said.
If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.