A former Gridley resident who fled to Mexico while facing child molest charges has been returned to Butte County after being arrested in Mexico last month.

A former Gridley resident who fled to Mexico while facing child molest charges has been returned to Butte County after being arrested in Mexico last month.


Rodolfo Dolores Campos, 43, was arraigned in Butte County Superior Court Friday, on multiple counts of child molestation.  Campos is alleged to have sexually assaulted three young girls, ranging in age from 12 to 15, over a period of eight years, beginning in 1997.  In March 2005, after learning that the sexual assault had been reported to law enforcement officials, Campos fled to Mexico.


Extradition proceedings began in 2007 when the Butte County District Attorney’s office received information regarding Campos’ location in Tzintzantzan, Michoacan, Mexico.  District attorney Mike Ramsey said the long and arduous proceedings involving several United States Federal and Mexican agencies began.  “Reams of paperwork, including sworn affidavits of the victims, witnesses, local law enforcement officers and prosecutors had to be prepared and then translated for transmission to the Mexican authorities to review,” said Ramsey.  However, through the cooperative efforts of the Mexican government, the U.S. Department of International Affairs, the U.S. Marshall and the Butte County District Attorney, Campos was finally arrested in Mexico and turned over to the U.S. Marshall’s Service on December 24, 2008.  He was immediately flown back to California and then transferred to the Butte County Jail.


He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.  Campos faces a maximum sentence of 120 years to life if convicted as charged.  He is due in court for the setting of a preliminary hearing on December 30, 2008.