Former Boyceville man arrested in Minnesota and waiting extradition to Dunn County

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  — A former Boyceville man charged with multiple felonies related to child sexual assault and possession of child pornography who skipped out on a $55,000 cash bail has been arrested in Minnesota.

The Menomonie Police Department issued a news release Thursday, March 8, to report that 40-year-old Ted Lopez had been hiding in Staples, Minnesota, was taken into custody without incident, and was being held in the Sherburne County Jail.

[emember_protected] Law enforcement officials had attempted to gather information over the course of several months to determine Lopez’s whereabouts, according to the news release.

Several leads and tips ended up revealing that Lopez was hiding in Staples and using the alias of “Tony Luzon,” the news release states.

The Menomonie Police Department worked cooperatively with a half a dozen agencies in locating and apprehending Lopez: FBI Eau Claire, FBI St. Cloud, Minnesota; the Staples, Minnesota, police department;  the Cadott, Wisconsin, police department, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Dunn County District attorney.

Charles Huff, the attorney for Ted Lopez, appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge Rod Smeltzer September 11, 2017, and said he did not know the whereabouts of Lopez, and that he had not had any contact with Lopez since the end of June.

Judge Smeltzer ordered a forfeiture of $20,000 in cash bail last September and ordered an additional forfeiture of $15,000 at a court hearing last month.

In a 2016 case, Lopez is charged with four felonies: repeated sexual assault of the same child with at least three violations of first degree sexual assault; child enticement with sexual contact; exposing a child to harmful material; and causing mental harm to a child.

In a separate 2016 case, Lopez is charged with seven felonies: repeated sexual assault of the same child with at least three violations of first degree sexual assault; causing mental harm to a child; child sexual exploitation; causing a child less than 13 years of age to view or listen to a sexual act; child enticement with sexual contact; exposing a child to harmful material; and possession of child pornography.

In a 2017 case, Lopez is charged with two felonies: child exploitation and exposing a child to harmful material.

Alma and Santiago Lopez, the parents of Ted Lopez, posted  the $55,000 cash bail and had borrowed part of the money from family friends Joy and Gary Evenson.

Santiago Lopez told the court at the last hearing in February that he and his wife had lived in Puerto Rico but they had sold their house and had moved to the United States to help take care of their granddaughter.

A bench warrant was issued by the court July 17, 2017, for Lopez’s arrest.

According to the news release, officials had planned to start the extradition process to bring Lopez back to Dunn County. [/emember_protected]