12 years later, man accused in Town of Madison sexual assault back in custody

By: Max Hess - Email
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Nearly 12 years after an alleged sexual assault in the Town of Madison, a man has been arrested in Texas.

Manuel Alberto-Camposeco

UPDATED Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 10:45 p.m.

Detective Robb Hale from the Town of Madison Police Department couldn't believe his eyes when he first found out Manuel Camposeco was caught.

He is the lead detective on the case accusing Manuel Camposeco of sexually abusing his girlfriend's daughter over four years dating back to 2002.

"I actually called down to Travis County to make sure that it was him," Hale said.

Camposeco was arrested in a northern part of Austin, Texas, by members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force two days ago.

"The first thing I did was call the victim," Hale said.

According to Hale, the victim is glad she can finally have her day in court.

Detective Hale called one of his former co-workers who now works for a division of the Austin Police Department with the lead on Camposeco.

Shortly thereafter, he was arrested.

Detective Hale said he used wire transfer records to establish a pattern that eventually led him to Austin.

"You can run from us, but you can't hide," Hale said, adding "eventually we will catch you".

Hale says capturing Camposeco was very much a community effort, and that community reaches all the way to Texas.

The victim's mother now has a warrant out for her arrest on charges of intimidating a victim and aiding a fugitive.

UPDATED Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 5:04 p.m.

According to a criminal complaint obtained from the Dane County District Attorney's office, Manuel Alberto Camposeco faces a charge of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child, and the alleged victim's mother faces charges of Intimidation of a Victim and Harboring or Aiding a Felon. The complaint details how the case unfolded in 2002, saying the alleged victim--then 13 years old--endured four years of sexual abuse from her mother's live-in boyfriend, but never told anyone because she was told that if she did, no one would believe her, and worse things would happen to her.

The complaint says that the girl's own mother is the one who forced her to board a bus to Mexico, where the family was originally from, in order to prevent her from testifying against her alleged abuser. It says the alleged abuser and mother were in a relationship and had children together.

The complaint also details intimidating behavior within the household after charges were brought against Alberto-Camposeco, saying the alleged victim's siblings and mother shunned her, and her mother forced her to stay inside a closet for two days. Eventually the victim was convinced to recant her story, but detectives suspected she was being forced to lie. The complaint says the victim's mother was very angry and told her, "If you want to fix this whole problem that you caused, the only way is for you to go to Mexico." The victim's mother also said she would do anything to keep Alberto-Camposeco out of jail, and she bought a bus ticket.

The complaint says the victim was then put on a bus alone at age 13 to find her own way back to Mexico to live with her grandmother in San Gregorio, Mexico.


Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 2:34 p.m.

Nearly 12 years after an alleged sexual assault in the Town of Madison, a man has been arrested in Texas.

On April 9th, 2002 a 13-year-old told Town of Madison Police that she had been sexually assaulted by Manuel Camposeco.

Camposeco was arrested and charged. However, the the victim did not show up for a court appearance. The DA's office learned she was in Mexico. The charges against Camposeco were dismissed without prejudice, which means the case could be re-opened at a later time.

On April 16, 2013, eleven years after the alleged crime, the victim returned to the Town of Madison Police Department. She told police she had been put on a bus alone to Mexico so that she could not testify against Camposeco. The case was re-opened.

Camposeco was arrested for the alleged crime again in October of 2013. He bailed out of jail later that month, sold his home to a friend and never returned to his job. A warrant was issued for his arrest in November after he missed a court hearing.

Town of Madison Detective Hale continued to search for Camposeco. In February of this year the investigation led to an address in Austin, Texas that was believed to be connected to Camposeco.

Det. Hale got in contact with Austin Police Officer Steve Lindsay, who is a former Town of Madison officer. Lindsay forwarded information on Camposeco to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

The Task Force started watching the house in Austin on Feb. 25th. On Feb. 26th, authorities arrested Camposeco. He is waiting for extradition to Dane Co. now.

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