Local fugitive arrested in South Carolina
South Carolina authorities on May 5 arrested a 62-year-old Manatee County fugitive wanted on federal pornography charges.
Roy Stephan Hyatt, 62, was released from prison in August 2003 after serving a sentence for sexually molesting three children — ages 12, 11 and 9 — on the beach in Bradenton Beach in 1996. Police reports indicate that Hyatt knew the children and their parents through church.
Hyatt, after his release from prison, was required to register as a sex offender. He did so with a Bradenton address.
In December 2003, an FBI task force using a file sharing website allegedly traced the exchange of child pornography to Hyatt’s Bradenton home, where authorities seized a computer and collected evidence.
The FBI “most wanted” notice for Hyatt said, “In December of 2003, a computer, numerous disks, videotapes, and numerous reels of 8-mm film, were discovered at Hyatt’s residence in Bradenton, Fla. The items found allegedly contained child pornography.”
In 2004, a federal warrant was issued for Hyatt’s arrest, but he could not be located.
After years of searching for Hyatt, who was rumored to have relocated to New York City or to have fled to the Bahamas, authorities found him working at a church.
On May 5, Hyatt was arrested in Columbia, S.C., on a tip from someone who saw a recent report on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.
Authorities are preparing to seek extradition to Manatee County.