05/03/2012 03:07 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Man accused of sex assaults arrested in Spain

A former youth worker accused of sexually assaulting boys in Brandon, Man., in the 1980s has been arrested in Spain this week, about two years after he went missing.

Iain Kenneth Smy, who faces nine counts of sexual assault, was arrested by Spanish National Police on Monday at a home in Malaga.

Smy, 49, is currently detained at a remand facility in Madrid, while an application for his extradition to Canada is being made, Winnipeg police announced on Thursday.

The charges against Smy are related to alleged offences between 1984 and 1988, when he was working for youth organizations in Brandon.

Police allege that three boys, between the ages of 11 and 15, were sexually assaulted during that period.

Smy was arrested in October 2009 and released on bail, with the condition that he reside in Sarnia, Ont., his last known address.

But when Smy failed to turn up for a court appearance in July 2010, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

The Manitoba Integrated Warrant Apprehension Unit, a police unit that was established in September 2011, confirmed that Smy had fled to Europe.

Winnipeg police Const. Jason Michalyshen said investigators worked with Interpol and several European police agencies to track Smy's travels, eventually leading them to Malaga.

"They were able to get the assistance of police in Europe," Michalyshen told reporters.

"Without that assistance and that cooperation, we wouldn't have been able to locate him as quickly."

Police say Smy will be brought back to Manitoba to face the nine charges.