SAN FRANCISCO — A 45-year-old man accused of sex crimes who’s been on the lam for over two years was apprehended Wednesday in California by U.S. Marshals.

Brian Keith Helton, a former Layton resident, was arrested shortly after a flight from Japan landed in San Francisco, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Helton was wanted on multiple charges, consisting of two counts of object rape of a child, two counts of sodomy on a child and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.

In 2016, Helton was staying with friends in Layton during a move from Chicago to Utah, the press release says. It was then when Helton allegedly abused a child two times over a two-week period.

When the child told the parents about the alleged assault, Helton is said to have fled back to Chicago. Marshals continued to investigate the case and locate Helton, but always seemed to be a step behind, the release says.

Investigators later discovered Helton was in Thailand, and he allegedly learned the Royal Thai Police were planning on arresting him.

He fled from law enforcement once more, this time going to Japan.

Wednesday afternoon, Japanese officials, with the help of Interpol, notified U.S. Marshals that Helton had boarded a flight from Japan to San Francisco in an attempt to re-enter the United States.

Moments after he walked off his flight, Helton was “surprised” when he was met by Marshals, along with agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol, according to the press release.

Helton was charged in Farmington’s 2nd District Court on June 22, 2016. As of Thursday morning, a new court date has not been set.

It was not immediately clear where Helton was being held by law enforcement.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl or email him at

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