An accused child molester was arrested Wednesday afternoon while attempting to board a plane at the San Antonio airport, according to the Kerr County Sheriff's Office.
Scott Ash James Zirus, 25, of Pinjarrra, Australia, was returned to Kerr County, where he faces felony charges stemming from incidents involving three boys, ages 7 and 6, that reportedly occurred at a local summer camp a few months ago.
Zirus was working in the U.S. as part of an international exchange program for camp counselors a few months.
A background check conducted prior to his being granted a work visa indicated no prior criminal history, sheriff's investigator Capt. Carol Twiss said.
This year marked the first time the Australian national was employed at a Kerr County summer camp.
The children also reside outside the local community, Twiss said.
Zirus is accused of molesting two of the boys, ages 7 and 6, in one incident, and another 7-year-old on a separate occasion.
Authorities first learned about the alleged crimes after one of the boys made an outcry to his parents, who then alerted law enforcement.
Information culled during the ensuing investigation led to Zirus' also being charged with incidents involving the other two children.
Twiss said he had access to the youngsters "24/7."
None of the boys had physical injuries that required medical attention; however, counseling will be provided through Crime Victims Compensation if requested.
Regarding Zirus, Twiss said if he actually had departed the country, his arrest would have been more difficult and would have hinged on the extradition treaty Australia has with the U.S.
She also said it's fairly uncommon for the sheriff's office to receive complaints involving foreign nationals, except for residents of Mexico.
Additionally, such crimes at local summer camps are rare, she said.
One reason is because the camp counselors undergo background checks.
Authorities alerted the camp of the investigation and parents of children who came into contact with the suspect have been notified, Twiss said.
Zirus is being held in the Kerr County Jail on multiple felony charges, including one count of indecency with a child, sexual contact; one count of sex abuse of a child, continuous victim under 14 years of age; and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
If convicted, he could face a sentence of 5 to 99 years to life.
Arraignment dates are set for Nov. 2 and 5.