Former Private Prison Magnate Arrested in Mexico

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Former Alaska private prison magnate Bill Weimar has been arrested in Mexico.  Weimar is facing charges of sexual assault of a six-year-old child in Florida.

The Mexican Navy arrested Weimar Saturday in Cancun, where he had fled to avoid Florida authorities.  U.S. Marshalls and U.S. immigration service officials tracked  Weimar’s yacht to the resort town, after he slipped out of Florida last week.

Weimar has been flown back to the U.S. and is in prison in Texas. The 70-year-old Weimar owned the Allvest chain of halfway houses in Alaska during the 1980s,  but became involved in a federal corruption probe due to his efforts to promote a private prison in Alaska.

Weimar pleaded guilty to two felony charges in 2008, and moved to Florida a year ago, after completing a one year prison sentence.

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