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Feds Track Ex-UNC Instructor Accused of Child Abuse to Caribbean

Posted December 19, 2006

A former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instructor wanted on a half-dozen counts of sexual abuse of a minor is under federal custody in Miami.

The U.S. Marshals Service tracked John Dye, 48, of Durham, in the Dominican Republic late Monday. He is now awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

Durham police said Dye's wife walked in on him having sex with a young girl.
During the investigation, officers found more than 400 explicit pictures on university computers of Dye and the minor.

For the last two years, Dye taught sociology classes at UNC-Chapel Hill during the summer sessions. He was also a research assistant at the university in 1996.

Police issued arrest warrants for Dye on Sept. 25 on charges of second-degree rape, crime against nature and four other felony sexual assault charges.

Investigators attempted to arrest Dye at that time but could not find him.

"He had hired an attorney. We had contacted the attorney who told us he was going to turn himself in," said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. "The next thing we heard was from the attorney who said he was no longer (Dye's) attorney and he didn't know where he was."

With the help of North Carolina's Cyber Unit Task Force, Durham police were able to track Dye's whereabouts through his computer activity.

"He went to Haiti and then he went to the Dominican Republic," Michael said.

Within four hours, U.S. Marshalls tracked Dye down to the Caribbean.

Police said that because of the pictures found on university computers, he could face federal charges.

University representatives declined to comment on the case, saying it was an open investigation.

Police said Dye works full-time as a professor at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.. The school did not return WRAL's calls Tuesday.
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  • cocoff93 Dec 24, 2:31 p.m.

    John Dye was a professor of mine while I was at Nazareth College. He was always an edgy professor and pushed students to expand their boundaries of thought. He easily made you uncomfortable while in class as he questioned and challenged your position and situated knowledge.
    So far as "slanted journalism", get real! The reporter reported the facts, listed the charges, listed information as to his attempt to elude prosecution, and listed information readily available to anyone who reads a police blotter.
    You read far too much into a reporter's desire to create an unflattering picture of black men. The picture of John is true to his likeness and, knowing him, is very flattering. A mug shot would have been far less flattering.
    Don't make this a "black" thing. If he had been a white man, would you protest so loudly? Sorry you read this as "another" attack on black men, but my bet is most people just see it as disturbing behavior.

  • knight3k Dec 22, 12:20 a.m.

    I have to agree, what happened to the presumption of innocence. This news story simply put the city on alert for another moral panic and deviant. To me, the fugitive was caught and will be returned to stand trial. End of story. But these "CSI" wipes, the subtle inserts of the words rape and incest and again the unflattering picture of this man, an African American at that dominating the course of the story projects--in my opinion at least--black men are dangerous, they are threats, they are sexual sociopaths. It simply projects slanted journalism that steers public opinion and in turn frames black men as stereotypical sexual brutes. As far as a trial is concerned, innocent or guilty, Julia Lewis has already rendered a verdict of guilty, at least from this report. Whatever the situation albeit these are allegations criminal, to me it looks as though this is also a matter mental illness in need of immediate intervention...

  • knight3k Dec 22, 12:19 a.m.

    I have to agree, what happened to the presumption of innocence. This news story simply put the city on alert for another moral panic and deviant. To me, the fugitive was caught and will be returned to stand trial. End of story. But these "CSI" wipes, the subtle inserts of the words rape and incest and again the unflattering picture of this man, an African American at that dominating the course of the story projects--in my opinion at least--black men are dangerous, they are threats, they are sexual sociopaths. It simply projects slanted journalism that steers public opinion and in turn frames black men as stereotypical sexual brutes. As far as a trial is concerned, innocent or guilty, Julia Lewis has already rendered a verdict of guilty, at least from this report. Whatever the situation albeit these are allegations criminal, to me it looks as though this is also a matter mental illness in need of immediate intervention...

  • brat789456 Dec 21, 12:35 a.m.

    Innocent? Are you nuts? He proved himself guilty. He fled the country.....hmmmmm why? They have photos of him and the "young girl" which is on his computer if you read the article. The man is 48 and if you read other articles it says rape and he is being charged with "sexual abuse". From all of the info gathered here in this article one word sums up this guy. PEDOPHILE!

  • kinguagg Dec 20, 10:36 p.m.

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • kinguagg Dec 20, 10:36 p.m.

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • ladypoetsteph Dec 20, 1:05 a.m.

    Young girl.. And what was her age? Like it reall matters cause he's probably well over twenty some odd years older than her. It's just so sick.