Media, PA —The Delaware County DA's office announced today that Santhosh Akinepalli, 27, of Exton was arrested for the second time following his initial arrest during a large-scale, undercover sting operation that netted ten child predators, in April.

Santhosh Akinepalli's apprehension comes after he purchased a one-way ticket to India from the United States and he has been charged with flight to avoid trial or punishment, said a press release from Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland’s office.

On May 5, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security contacted the Delaware County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) regarding Santhosh Akinepalli who was attempting to flee the country.

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Akinepalli, 27, of the 300 block of Apple Drive in Exton, had been previously arrested following an investigation by a member of the Delaware County ICAC Task Force.

On April 6, 2019, A task force member posed as a 13-year-old female on a social media and received a message from Akinepalli, who asked, “How much for an hour?” while asking the juvenile to engage in sex, authorities say. Akinepalli arranged to meet the minor after acknowledging several times that he knew the juvenile was 13 years old.

On April 12, 2019, Akinepalli arranged to meet the juvenile and was taken into custody while traveling to the meet location. Akinepalli was charged with attempt to commit statutory sexual assault and related offenses. A local Magisterial District Judge had set bail at $50,000 with a 10% requirement.  A preliminary hearing is set for May 13 in front of the same Magisterial District Judge Jack D. Lippart.

On April 15, 2019, Santhosh Akinepalli posted 10 percent of $50,000 and was released, with bail conditions requiring him to obtain permission from the Delaware County Bail Office before traveling outside the state. CID placed an alert with the Department of Homeland Security for Akinepalli should he attempt to travel outside of the United States.

On May 5, 2019, Homeland Security contacted CID and advised that Akinepallihad purchased a one-way airline ticket from San Francisco International Airport to Hyderabad, India.

Homeland Security Investigators confirmed that Akinepalli checked in for the flight to India and was traveling alone. Santhosh Akinepalli is a citizen of India and had been visiting the United States on a work visa. United States Customs and Border Protection Agents, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, took Akinepalli into custody at the San Francisco International Airport before departure of his flight.

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