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Scottish man wanted for sex abuse arrested in Colorado Springs

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Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 22:36:13-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — U.S. Marshals in Colorado Springs arrested Kim Vincent Avis, 55, who was wanted on multiple sexual abuse charges in Scotland.

In February Avis's son told the Monterey County Sheriff's Office his father, also known as Ken Gordon-Avis, did not return from a swim at Monastery Beach.

California officials used resources including a Coast Guard helicopter, a sheriff's office drone, and a dive team but did not find Avis.

As the investigation continued Monterey County officials learned Avis was on bail for 24 felony sex abuse charges in Scotland, and became suspicious of the drowning report after speaking to his ex-wife. After a second interview with Avis' son investigators felt he was not telling the truth. The boy was returned to Scotland with help from Monterey County Child Protective Services.

Deputies worked with the U.S. Marshals Service, Interpol, and Scottish authorities over the next few months to get an arrest an extradition warrant for Avis. Last week Marshals tracked Avis to Colorado Springs and arrested him.

Avis is being held by U.S. Marshals until his extradition hearing in Colorado Springs. That hearing is scheduled for later this month.