A former Largo man wanted in Pinellas County after he was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child has been found in Barbados and extradited back to Florida, authorities said Friday.
Mark Decosta Walcott, 43, was recently arrested in Bridgetown, Barbados, by local law enforcement.
Walcott pleaded no contest and was convicted of molesting a 13‑year‑old girl in May 2003, but he was allowed to remain out of jail on bail until his sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for the following month, according to court records.
A warrant was issued when he failed to show up in court for his sentencing.
The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Tampa received a tip that Walcott was living somewhere on the island of Barbados, according to a news release.
The U.S. Marshals Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., worked with the U.S. Department of State in Bridgetown and local authorities there to find him.
On Thursday, U.S. Department of State diplomatic security officials turned over custody of Walcott to U.S. marshals at the Bridgetown Airport in Barbados. He was flown to Fort Myers by U.S. marshals.
On Friday evening, he was being held in the Lee County Jail. Deputies will pick him up and bring him back to Pinellas, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Nestor.
A U.S. Marshals official called the arrest and extradition "an excellent example of international law enforcement cooperation," according to the release.
At the time of his original arrest, Walcott was living in a mobile home at 1399 Belcher Road S.