Man adopted as a 3-year-old by an American couple has been deported at 41

A South Korean man who was adopted by an American couple while he was only 3 years old, has been deported to his country of origin after authorities said he was found guilty as charged.

According to KFVS12, the deportee’s lawyer and an official of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed he was ordered to leave the country after a series of criminal convictions.

Image shows the deportee and his daughter.

Rose Richeson [the spokeswoman for ICE]said, according to a report from AP, that “the 41-year-old arrived in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday morning aboard a commercial airline flight escorted by ICE deportation officers.

The suspect was arrested by ICE on 8 February after he completed a 60-day jail term for domestic violence and attempted coercion, Richeson said.

He served time in an immigration detention center located in Tacoma, Washington.

According to the spokeswoman, a judge who presided over his case could have allowed the Korean man to stay in America but decided on deportation.

The suspect suffered emotional pains while in detention, and his “supporters said he waived an appeal because he couldn’t stand to stay in the detention center any longer.”

Adam Crapser [real names] was charged with assault, and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

According to the report, Crapser suffered neglect in the hands of his first adoptive parents who abandoned him; and a second couple who physically abused him together with other adopted children.

Attorney for Crapser, Lori Walls, who is based in Seattle, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that his client’s case is one of the many cases which show how America’s adoption system has failed.

Walls said in a statement that he marvels at the fact that Crapser “was adopted, abandoned and abused … carried relatively little weight in the decision that the immigration court made.”

“The U.S. government facilitated the adoption out of Korea.

“No one followed up to make sure he was safe. When that first family abandoned him to foster care he was not visible – there was no follow-up,” he added.

“No one ever sought U.S. citizenship for him. He and his older sister were adopted by a family who lived in Michigan and who later abandoned them after they moved to Oregon.”

Walls continues: “Brother and sister were split up. Crapser was eventually adopted by parents in Oregon who assaulted him and other children in their care.

“His adoptive parents were convicted of multiple crimes.

“Crapser eventually left the home and was arrested after he broke in to retrieve some of his belongings from his orphanage in South Korea,” Walls said.

After his discharge, Crapser got involved with a series of legal troubles until he applied for a Green Card. Unfortunately for him, officials at the federal immigration office checked his criminal background and found he has a bad record.

He was subsequently arrested, charged to court and deported.

“I’m hopeful Adam figures out how to make a life in that country, where he doesn’t speak the language read the language or know anything about the culture,” Walls said.

A report from The New York Times say: “His birth mother in South Korea, who had put her son and daughter up for adoption because she couldn’t afford to keep him, is learning English so she can communicate with him when they’re reunited.”


Crapser’s lawyer said: “His birth mother, because of publicity in South Korea, came forward to identify herself. A DNA test was conducted to prove the relationship.”

However, Walls added that “the mother is disabled, has a low income and can’t be of much help to him.”

“I spoke with Adam a couple of days ago, he was trying to stay positive, but I mean it was clear talking to him that he was scared. He’s going to a country where he can’t even read the street signs.”

According to the report from KFVS12, there’s a chance Crapser can still return to the U.S. but it won’t be an easy ride. He will have to wait until an appeal is considered by a higher court.