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Swiss Extradite Accused Rapist to United States

May 3, 1995

BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ A former high school wrestling and football star who evaded police for eight years was extradited to the United States on Wednesday to face rape and kidnapping charges.

Two U.S. policemen accompanied Alex Kelly on to a flight from Zurich to New York, Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said. Kelly is then expected to travel on to his native Connecticut.

Kelly, 27, is accused of raping two teen-age girls while driving them home from parties in 1986. At the time, he was on the school football team and was undefeated in his senior year as a 157-pound wrestler. He pleaded innocent to rape but fled the country in 1987, one day before his trial.

Kelly eluded authorities for eight years and lived a comfortable life in Europe, skiing, skin diving and mountain climbing in different countries.

Several people connected with the case believe his parents had been in constant contact with him and helped him financially.

A raid last summer on his parents’ Darien, Conn., home produced an address that helped authorities close in on his location, and he surrendered Jan. 19 in Zurich.

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