Alleged Russian serial sex offender living in Boardman deported

Staff report


The purported serial sex offender who had been living in Boardman until being taken into custody by township police and agents with the Cleveland office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 14 has been deported to Russia, where he will face criminal prosecution.

According to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, Russian authorities took custody of 43-year-old Vladimir Letunov last week after he was transported under guard from the U.S. to the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.

Letunov was arrested formally March 8, and he was held by immigration authorities in the Seneca County Jail in Tiffin until his deportation.

The Vindicator reported Feb. 15 that until he was taken into custody, Letunov had been living at 137 Shields Road, Apt. 1, with his 39-year-old wife and a 5-year-old girl who is reportedly his daughter. In addition, he had been living in the U.S. with an expired Russian visa. He reportedly came to the country in August after Russian investigators searched his mother’s apartment and obtained DNA evidence linking him to several sex crimes, according to 21 WFMJ-TV.

The crimes occurred in the Moscow area between 2007 and 2013 and followed the same pattern: Letunov would purportedly follow girls ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old into a building, then sexually assault them on a staircase. He also would threaten the girls with violence or murder.

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