Former Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Student Arrested At BWI Airport: Report

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Mark Anthony Williams, 56, of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested at BWI Airport and charged with first-degree sexual abuse after authorities said he engaged in sex acts with a minor victim in 2014. The airport is shown here. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

Patch reporter Megan VerHelst wrote this story.

BALTIMORE, MD — A former teacher accused of sexually abusing a student nearly a decade ago was captured at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on Sunday while attempting to leave the country, according to authorities.

Mark Anthony Williams, 56, of Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse after authorities said he engaged in sex acts with a minor victim over a five-month period in 2014.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the child rape suspect on Sunday as he attempted to board a departing international flight at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Williams was wanted by the D.C. Superior Court on charges of first-degree felony sexual abuse of a secondary education student. Williams is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Guyana.

CBP officers spotted Williams on the passenger manifest for a flight to Iceland, responded to the departure gate, and identified him, a news release said. Once Customs officers confirmed with the Metropolitan Police Department that the warrant remained active, they turned Williams over to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center to await extradition to Washington, D.C.

According to police, Williams fled the country during an investigation into the abuse, which happened in Washington, D.C. Authorities said police were alerted last week that Williams had returned to the country. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest the following day.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s text tip line by sending a text message to 50411.

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