Chinese Woman Recognizes Ex-English Teacher in Most Wanted List Charged With Sexual Assault, Murder
A woman from Shanghai, China who is now living in California claims that a man she recognized as her teacher in college has reportedly been on the run from authorities for 13 years.
The woman, only identified by her surname Wang, says she recognized Daniel William Hiers Jr., a foreign English teacher, after taking a look at U.S. Marshals Service’s list of 15 most wanted and realized that he looked exactly like the man in the wanted poster, according to Shanghaiist.
Despite being popular in China while teaching at a university, and being hired as a bodyguard by an unnamed star, Wang said that the teacher had a messy life, according to a Weibo report.
Hiers allegedly tried to make a move on one of her friends. But when the friend turned him down, he suddenly became aggressive and started to sexually harass her by sending pornographic images.
Hiers, a former South Carolina police officer, is reportedly wanted in the U.S. on a number of charges including committing a lewd act on an 11-year-old girl in November 2004, and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl the following year.
On top of the sexual assault charges, the man also faces a murder charge for allegedly killing his wife who was found dead with a gunshot wound in her head at his home. The man reportedly disappeared on the day he was supposed to turn himself to the authorities.
After his disappearance, authorities initiated an international manhunt to locate Hiers, but the trail ran cold when they discovered his car near the Mexican border.
It is unclear when Hiers taught at the same Chinese university Wang attended or where it’s located. If her allegations are true, then the man would be around 45 years old today.
Despite Wang’s lack of evidence for her claims, many netizens condemned the school and immigration department for allowing a wanted fugitive to become an English teacher in the country.
It is not surprising that Chinese netizens immediately express negative reactions to such news, since there have been several cases in the past involving foreign English teachers committing sexual assault crimes.