The charges against him were clear and to the point: Multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15, a class two felony. Finding him was a different matter entirely. He seemed to have vanished into thin air.
Law enforcement officers with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona turned for assistance to a violent offender fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service.
An investigation quickly determined that Matthew Lynn Brewster, 50, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, had fled the United States in 2010 and traveled to Saudi Arabia. Now international in scope, the enlarged investigation located Brewster at a compound in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. He had no intention of returning to the United States to face the music.
Foreign authorities were brought into the picture to locate and detain Brewster in Saudi Arabia and have him returned to the United States.
In January 2015, Brewster was taken into custody by the Saudi Arabian Immigration Service and held pending deportation proceedings. A few days later, Brewster was escorted back to Los Angeles, California, by Saudi immigration officers. He was promptly arrested by U.S. marshals and is being held in California pending extradition to Arizona to face charges against him.
The sexual contact he had with a minor was allegedly committed over a three year period in Tucson.
In other sex-related crimes:
- She ran a business in Wichita, Kansas, called Jessie’s Primetime Entertainment. It was a lucrative enterprise while it lasted. At least 20 women worked as escorts for Jessie’s. Customers would pay $160 for a half-hour date or $185 for a one-hour date with an escort. During dates, escorts engaged in sexual contact with customers. Cash, credit cards or checks were accepted as payment for escort services. Then the music stopped. Saundra J. Lacey, 60, was arrested and pleaded guilty to prostitution-related charges. Prior to sentencing, both sides agreed to recommend 24 months on federal probation.
- A California man met a 16-year-old girl at a casino in Reno, Nevada, and recruited her to work as a prostitute. He posted a prostitution advertisement on the website myredbook.com, which included photos of the 16-year-old. In June 2013, the man paid for hotel rooms and food for the girl and arranged for her to engage in commercial sex acts. After the sex, the 16-year-old was required to turn the money over to her pimp. Investigators came across the website advertisement while working on another case. An undercover investigator made arrangements to meet the girl at a Reno motel for sex. When the investigator arrived at the motel, the pimp and an adult female directed the investigator to the 16-year-old girl, who was lying on the bed partially undressed. Carlos Rodriguez Navarrette, aka Carlos Alberto Navarrette, aka DJ Junior, 23, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in November 2013 to one count of sex trafficking of a minor. He was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years in prison.