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2016

District Attorney Vern Pierson Announces Child Abduction Suspect Arrested In Mexico
 
Department:
 
District Attorney

Date:
9/6/2016
Contact:
Dave Stevenson

Phone:
(530) 303-2411

On September 1, 2016, after a two week-long intense investigation, Scott Selger was arrested in the Rosarito Beach area of Mexico by the Baja California State Preventive Police for abducting his two 9 year old children. This arrest was the result of a closely coordinated and cooperative effort with the Baja California (Mexico) State Preventive Police, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Justice, Foreign Prosecution and Law Enforcement. The children, both 9 years of age, were recovered and released to their mother unharmed.

Scott Selger, the father of the two children, was to return them by August 15, 2016, to their mother, who resides in the South Lake Tahoe, but instead abducted them into Mexico with no intention of returning them. Realizing that her children were not on their scheduled return flight home and had been abducted into Mexico, the mother contacted the authorities and immediately began the legal process of getting them returned. 

District Attorney Investigator Bryan Kuhlmann, with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office South Lake Tahoe, along with family members, spent hours communicating with Mr. Selger off and on over the past week via Skype and on the phone to negotiate the return of the children.  Despite those efforts, Mr. Selger was not willing to return the children in accordance with the court orders. Based on information gathered during the investigation, it was believed Mr. Selger was in the Rosarito area of Baja California, Mexico.  On September 1, 2016, at about 2 PM, his vehicle was located in Rosarito with him and the children nearby.  The Baja California State Preventive Police arrested Mr. Selger at that location and the children were immediately returned to the mother, who was with Special Agents from California Department of Justice and District Attorney Investigator Kuhlmann, as per the order of the court.

Mr. Selger will be immediately deported to the United States where he will eventually be arraigned in El Dorado County. His current bail stands at $500,000.

This outcome would have never come about without the close cooperation of the California Department of Justice, the Baja California (Mexico) State Preventive Police and the hard work of Investigator Kuhlmann with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.