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Fugitive Oceanside sex offender arrested in Kentucky

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A registered sex offender from Oceanside who allegedly went on the lam to avoid being charged with possessing thousands of child-pornography images, was behind bars Tuesday in Kentucky.

Officers with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 50-year-old Michael Royce Galyen in Berea, Ky., where he was living with his parents, on Thursday, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo.

Last March, acting on a tip from the social networking website MySpace, authorities searched Galyen's Sportfisher Drive home and allegedly found computer drives containing about 2,400 photographs of children, mostly young boys, in lewd poses and various stages of undress.

Galyen disappeared after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Castillo said.

The suspect was being held without bail in Richmond, Ky., on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.

It is unclear when Galyen will be extradited to faces charges in San Diego County, since Kentucky authorities also have filed the same type of case against him in connection with photographs he alleged had in his possession at the time of his arrest in that state, according to Castillo.

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