John Joseph Banville
An American man who had been living in Newfoundland, but wanted on a charge of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Alabama, has agreed to surrender to U.S. authorities on that charge.
John Joseph Banville, 65, was scheduled to have an extradition hearing this morning in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s. The hearing will no longer be needed.
He has agreed to remain in custody until the federal minister of justice signs the extradition consent which, court was told this morning, could take a few months.
Banville was arrested Sept. 20 on Swan Street in Placentia, where he was living near an elementary school.
He's wanted in Morgan County in Alabama on charges of sexual assault of a minor, sexual exploitation and failing to register as a sex offender in that state — all stemming from 2006.
Banville did not agree to be expedited on the charges of sexual exploitation and failing to register as a sex offender. He is not expected to face those charges when he returns to the U.S.
During the investigation, police discovered Banville — a registered sex offender in Texas — had also failed to report as a sex offender when he moved to Alabama, which violated state law.
He was picked up by police in Alabama soon after the alleged sexual assault. However, he was released under strict bail conditions, including being placed on a $70,000 US bond.
When he disappeared, a nationwide warrant for Banville's extradition to the United States was issued.