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Grecula Case Timeline

November 2000: Monique Grecula alerts authorities that her estranged husband, Ronald, did not return to their Saylorsburg home with their children, Berenger and Emilie.

Dec. 19, 2000: Arrest warrant issued for Ronald Grecula on charges he abducted his children.

March 1, 2002: Children found in Malta and reunited with mother; Ronald Grecula jailed in Malta on charges that he overstayed his visa.

Sept. 12, 2002: Grecula arraigned in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on abduction charges; case transferred to federal court in Scranton; Grecula placed in Pike County Prison on a sentence of six to 23 months on abduction charges filed in that county.

Sept. 19, 2002: Federal abduction charges dropped.

Nov. 25, 2002: Grecula charged with recording telephone calls between his wife and another man on July 25, 2000.

March 21, 2003: Grecula is released from Pike County Prison and placed in Monroe County Prison on illegal wiretap charges.

May 15, 2003: Grecula pleads guilty to wiretap charges and is sentenced to two to 23 months in county jail.

May 19, 2003: Grecula released from jail.

September 2003: Wife and children move to Spring, Texas.

April 27, 2005: FBI in Houston begins investigating Grecula after confidential source claims Grecula wants to build bombs and sell them to al-Qaida.

May 15-19, 2005: FBI observes Grecula at his residence, 169 Johnsonville Road, Upper Mount Bethel Township, listens in to his telephone conversations with informant in Houston.

May 20, 2005: Grecula flies from Lehigh Valley International Airport to Houston. FBI searches residence in Upper Mount Bethel and finds materials that could be used to trigger a bomb.

May 21, 2005: FBI arrests Grecula in Houston.

Sources: Monroe County, federal court and FBI records; Pike County; Morning Call archives.

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