Hindu Leader Charged with Groping Underage Girls

Department of Justice/April 24, 2008

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force LogoAustin, TX - Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, 79, known to his followers as Shree Swamiji, was arrested Thursday afternoon (April 24, 2008) at Washington Dulles International Airport by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force as he arrived aboard a flight from Europe.

Saraswati was indicted by a Hays County, Texas Grand Jury in April 2008 after a criminal investigation conducted by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a 20 count indictment alleging Saraswati committed indecent acts with two children from 1993 thru 1996.

Saraswati was remanded to the custody of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia pending extradition to Hays County, San Marcos, Texas.

LaFayette Collins, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, "The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is committed to pursuing criminals who victimize our children and we will not stop in our effort to make our communities safer".

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin are the Austin Police Department - Intelligence Unit, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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