NEW PORT RICHEY — A New Jersey father accused of violating a custody agreement by taking his two sons out of New Jersey has waived extradition from Florida.
A Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Court spokesman said Kristopher Dohm appeared in court Friday. Dohm was found with his two sons at the Royal Palm Inn in New Port Richey on Wednesday. He was arrested on charges of interference with custody and unlawful flight.
Authorities say he was with Edward Tarras Jr., who they say is wanted in Tennessee after cutting off a tracking bracelet in August. Tarras faces numerous sex-related charges including sexual exploitation of a minor.
Authorities say Dohm left New Jersey in February with his 8 and 7-year-old sons in violation of a custody agreement.
Tarras missed a court date in August and police in Tennessee said at the time that he cut off an ankle monitor and fled town, investigators said. He was then listed as one of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's most wanted fugitives.
Prosecutors previously said Tarras had lured teen girls through an Internet ad seeking models to photograph.
Tarras was appointed a public defender Thursday and was ordered held without bond in his first court appearance.
Dohm's sons were reported missing by their mother Feb. 9, after she said they weren't returned home by their father in violation of a custody agreement.
"My boys have been found and they are safe! I got the news just after midnight and am heading to Florida now to be reunited with them!" Sandra Hughes Dohm posted on her Facebook page Thursday morning.