Wanted Bryan Fugitive Unger Detained In Ukraine

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

An accused child molester is in custody after eluding authorities for over a year.

Police detained Stephen Bruce Unger outside the Ukraine capital Kiev on Saturday, where he had been working as an English instructor since arriving in November 2007.

Unger, 29, worked as a teacher at Neal Elementary and coached at-risk boys soccer. He was even named "Most Caring Coach" by USA Today in 2005 for the difference he made in the lives of his students.

News 3 interviewed Unger about his soccer team after he had won the award. He said, "We work with the parents together, the school and the parents, to start a program where the kids have to keep their grades up and be respectful at home."

Soon after that interview, things quickly changed for Unger.

Unger was arrested in 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused an 11-year-old boy. Further charges followed when two teens stepped forward alleging abuse. Then, days before his trial was set to begin in November 2007, Unger fled the United States.

"We knew he wasn't in the country and so we just started working through the intelligence resources and the FBI and U.S. Marshals to locate him," Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said.

This past Saturday authorities got a break.

"The Ukraine folks ran an article in the newspaper showing his picture," Kirk said. "It's kind of like a Crime Stoppers program here. They offered a reward and as a result they got tips and it all came together."

On arrest, Unger claimed he was a British citizen named Tyler McCoy and he didn't have his papers with him. Unger denied his real identity, but when the FBI sent his fingerprints for verification, he admitted who he was.

"To learn that he was located and picked up, it was a great sigh of relief," Kirk said.

Unger has been deported to the U.S. where he'll be handed over to authorities in New York and wait extradition. When he makes it back to Brazos County, the once adored coach, will stand trial.

The Brazos County District Attorney's Office says they are ready to try Unger. He faces six felony counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child

Authorities are now looking into whether someone helped Unger flee the country.

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