Everett man arrested via TV show wants extradition

Herald staff

A man featured on "America’s Most Wanted" told a Snohomish County judge Thursday that he wants to be sent to Northern California to face child-molesting charges.

Mark Stephen Greenleaf, 47, was arrested at his home in Everett on Wednesday by FBI agents acting on a tip from someone who saw the television show four days earlier.

Greenleaf on Thursday told Judge Larry McKeeman that he wants to return to Shasta County, Calif., and face his legal troubles.

"I’m ready to go and go down and see what’s going on with these charges," he said.

Greenleaf said he won’t resist extradition because he sees "no point in playing cat and mouse" with California authorities.

Greenleaf was living under the name Mark Green and doing construction-type work "under the table" so he wasn’t getting a regular paycheck, FBI agent Ray Lauesaid.

Investigators believe Greenleaf has lived in Washington state since he fled California while awaiting trial on charges of raping his stepdaughter during a two-year period beginning when she was 10.

He was arrested and charged after the girl told her mother in 1995 that he had been abusing her.

Greenleaf was booked into the county jail on a federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. McKeeman set a July 20 deadline for California officials to return him to that state.

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