GLASGOW, Scotland – A Scotsman who tried to evade justice by fleeing to the United States, where he faked his death on a California beach, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses, authorities said Scottish.
Kim Avis was found guilty of raping three women and sexually assaulting a minor following a trial in High Court in Glasgow, Scotland, last month. The 57-year-old was convicted of 13 counts relating to sexual offenses committed between 2006 and 2017, and one additional count of failing to show up on a previous trial date after to have fled to America, the Scottish prosecutor’s office said.
Avis was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison for sex offenses and three years for failing to appear in a first trial in March 2019.
Avis was on bail when he traveled to Los Angeles International Airport in February 2019 as Ken Gordon-Avis.
Several days later, her teenage son reported her missing at Monastery Beach off Carmel, Calif., After saying Avis had gone for an overnight swim in dangerous waters. Researchers have found no trace of the area sometimes referred to as the “death beach” for its deadly reputation.
After three days of intense research, detectives began to suspect a hoax. They said the son’s account lacked crucial details and could not answer basic questions such as how the two got to the central California coast after flying from Scotland to Los Angeles.
Authorities in California then found out that Avis, from the Edinburgh area, was wanted on several counts of rape in Scotland. Her son then returned home and was not charged with filing a false report.
The investigation was entrusted to the US Marshals Service, which is responsible for catching the wanted criminals. Avis was arrested five months later in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and extradited to his home in Scotland, where he was held until his trial.
“Kim Avis went to great lengths to evade justice for his crimes,” said Fraser Gibson, the High Court’s sexual offenses prosecutor. “Thanks to the efforts of police and prosecutors, in conjunction with US law enforcement, he has been brought to justice.”