31 Jul 2016

Man wanted on child sex charges back in NZ

4:26 pm on 31 July 2016

A radiologist who fled from child sex charges in the United States has returned to New Zealand.

Max Mehta, now known as Robert Taylor, had been working in Australia until his license was revoked this year after his past was revealed in an investigation.

Max Mehta

Max Mehta Photo: Screenshot/ABC

In 2004, he was charged by a Texas court with grooming a 15-year-old girl, but skipped the country while on bail and moved to New Zealand on a work visa.

He continued working as a radiologist for the Tairawhiti District Health Board in Gisborne until 2009, when he moved to Australia but maintained his registration here.

The US Marshals Service has been actively pursuing his extradition to the US, The Guardian reported.

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed Mr Taylor is back in New Zealand and is aware of his case, but says, for operational reasons, it cannot comment any further.

The Guardian reported Mr Taylor had his medical license cancelled by Australian authorities, and returned to New Zealand in June.

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