Viewers, you did it again! At the start of Oprah's 20th season, we launched Oprah's Child Predator Watch List, challenging viewers to catch some of America's most wanted fugitives—men charged with heinous sex crimes against children. Within just 40 hours, viewers helped the FBI capture two of them…and now we've caught another!
International authorities apprehended Walter Edward Myer in a remote part of Costa Rica, nearly 1,500 miles from the scene of his alleged crimes. On the lam for more than 10 years, authorities say he went by several aliases, including Eddie Morris. After his capture, the FBI escorted Myer back to the United States. Today he is in the county jail in Tallapoosa, Alabama, where he faces a shocking array of accusations.
For years Myer was a trusted staff member at a boys' military school in Alabama. As the outdoor activities director, he often spent time alone with the students on camping trips and weekend getaways at his lake house. Police say it was on these trips that Myer preyed on some of the boys who were entrusted to his care. After three students came forward in 1996, Myer was indicted on more than 100 counts of sex crimes against children. Two months before he was scheduled to appear in court, Myer disappeared.