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Wanted: FBI seeking fugitive on the run since 2003

The FBI is looking for fugitive Frantz Dieudonne. This photograph was taken in 2002.

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The FBI is looking for tips to locate a fugitive on the lam for more than a decade - a man charged with sex-related crimes against a minor they suspect may be hiding out in his native Haiti.

Frantz Dieudonne, now 45, was arrested in June of 2002 after police discovered him in a car off the side of I-88 in North Aurora, Illinois with a 15-year-old girl from Utah.

The officer who approached Dieudonne became suspicious when he noticed the two switching seats in the car, Special Agent Wesley Tagtmeyer, an investigator in the FBI's Chicago office, told 48 Hours' Crimesider. Investigators later said they learned that Dieudonne, who was living in New Jersey, traveled to Utah to meet with her.

Investigators believed Dieudonne was on his way back to New Jersey with the girl when he was arrested, and he was charged with transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in sex.

The girl's parents didn't know where she was at the time, Tagtmeyer told Crimesider.

Dieudonne was arrested and released on bail, but didn't show up for a Sept. 22, 2003 court date, and also failed to appear for two trials scheduled for Oct. 20, 2003 in Salt Lake City and on Nov. 3, 2003 in Chicago.

He's been on the run ever since.

Dieudonne has relatives in Haiti and on the East Coast, but the FBI believes he may have fled to Haiti, where he was born. The international manhunt has posed challenges for investigators.

"Our resources there are as good as our relationship is with whatever the host country is - whatever resources they have to be willing to assist us - so that makes it challenging anytime you get out of our borders," Tagtmeyer said.

The FBI has received leads over the years with reported sightings of Dieudonne, but none of them have panned out, Tagtmeyer said.

The case is a high priority for the FBI because it involves a crime against a child, he added.

"Individuals that prey on minors unfortunately don't seem to just stop - with him still out there on the loose, we're concerned there are additional victims he may be targeting," Tagtmeyer said.

Dieudonne is described as a black man, five feet, seven inches tall and 145 pounds, with a scar on his right wrist. He has worked as a chemist and a nursing assistant, according to the FBI.

Anyone with information about Dieudonne's whereabouts is asked to contact their local FBI office or 1-800-CALLFBI. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.