For Immediate Release

Date: 1/29/2024

Location: N/A

Time: 1000 hours

Suspect Arrested #1: Charles Lee Dewey, III (27 years old)

Preliminary Charges:   Numerous


Charles Lee Dewey, III was under investigation for allegedly providing illicit narcotics and vape cartridges to minor children, and allegedly committing sex acts with them. FWPD Detective Sergeant Todd Battershell led the investigations and subsequently arrested Mr. Dewey on December 09, 2020. Mr. Dewey posted bond with help from family and quickly fled from the United States. More charges involving additional victims were filed while Mr. Dewey was on the run. The United State Marshals Service (USMS) apprehended Mr. Dewey more than 7,000 miles outside of the United States on January 24, 2024. Mr. Dewey is currently awaiting extradition back to Allen County. An investigation is now under way to determine if Mr. Dewey had help fleeing and if he received assistance while in hiding.

We would like to thank the USMS for their perseverance and assistance locating Charles Lee Dewey, III.