Arrest made of fugitive charged with abuse of troubled boys

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former youth counselor who became a fugitive after he was charged with kidnapping and sexual imposition was arrested Tuesday, the FBI said.

Michael Brown, 47, of Cleveland, was arrested in Winston-Salem, N.C., said Gerald L. Mack, agent in charge at the Cleveland FBI.

Brown was arrested without incident by FBI agents and deputies of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department.

Brown was being held in custody pending his return to Ohio.

Brown had worked at Parmadale, a home for troubled boys that is run by Cleveland Catholic Charities.

Charges against Brown were part of a wide-ranging investigation in Cuyahoga County of sex abuse allegations in the Roman Catholic Church.

He was in custody pending trials in Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio, but removed an ankle bracelet that was required to monitor his movements.

Brown was indicted in Cuyahoga County on 61 counts, including kidnapping, tampering with evidence and records, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition and interference with custody.

In Summit County, he was charged with sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a 15-year-old boy.

FBI spokesman Robert Hawk said Brown was in Winston-Salem with "a group of friends from Cleveland."

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