Hi my name is George A. Petroutsas, my son, Andoni (5 yrs old) has been re-abducted by his mother to Athens Greece this is a chronological list of events:

2000 – I met Despoina Asvesta in Greece .

2002 – Despoina moved to California and we were married in Santa Cruz County, CA. We immediately began the process to have her become a US citizen.

May 21, 2005 – Andoni, our son, was born in California .

Nov 7, 2005 – Despoina left the US to visit Greece for a 3-week stating she needed to see a psychiatrist who could speak her own language and visit her family. We had just returned from a joint trip to Greece and despite the financial burden on our budget she insisted on going. Despoina insisted that I provide her with a note granting parental permission for our minor child to travel to Greece . At her insistence, I provided such a letter but included that she and the child were to return by December 8, 2005 .

Nov 18, 2005 – Despoina called and said she would never return. Andoni was abducted by his mother. All attempts to phone her and communicate with her were thwarted and intercepted by her father and brother who would verbally assault me over the phone and refuse me any contact with her. During this time, I checked out online banking statements and noted that Despoina had systematically been emptying our bank accounts visiting numerous ATM machines over the span of a week.

Late Nov 2005 – I began legal proceedings to separate from Despoina and sought custody of our son Andoni.

December 2005 – I was granted sole legal, sole physical custody of Andoni by the Superior Court of Santa Cruz and Despoina was repeatedly ordered to return Andoni to the US immediately. Despoina violated the State Court orders numerous times showing complete disregard for the legal system in the US . Case # FL 022605

On July 22, 2007 – While exercising my custody of our son, I brought Andoni back to the U.S.

December 2007 – After five months had passed, Despoina finally came to the U.S. and filed a Hague Petition for the return of Andoni. Knowing that she would not have a favorable outcome in the Superior Court of Santa Cruz, Despoina forum shopped and filed her Hague Petition in Federal Court as she had been in violation of State Court orders which demanded that she return the child to the US .

Jan 2008 – Following precedent, Judge Jeremy Fogel of the U.S. Federal Court, ruled in her favor, to send Andoni back to Greece , but advised me to appeal the decision. He put into place an “access order” of equally shared parenting time – 3 months in Greece with the mother and 3 months in the U.S. with the father while I completed the appeals process. Case # 5:07-cv-05535-JF

I appealed the Federal Court decision in the San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court and won. The Ninth Circuit Court found where the Federal Court had erred and a final decision was finally issued by Judge Fogel on April 19, 2010 stating that Andoni’s habitual home is in the United States . However, Judge Fogel permitted Despoina one last visit with Andoni under the Access Order. Case # 08-15365

On April 29, 2010 Asvesta signed an Affidavit which clearly explained what actions would be taken against her if she violated the April 19th order and NOT bring our son back to the United States .

April 30, 2010 Judge Fogel issued another order from the District Court amending the original access order. This one ordered Asvesta to return our child to his Habitual Home of the United States on June 19, 2010 .

Airline tickets where issued on the same day for Andoni and his maternal grandmother, to arrive on June 19, 2010 at the Miami airport.

On June 18, 2010 Asvesta’s state attorneys Hoover and Bechtel issued a communication which dropped her as a client and stated they would no longer represent her in family court.

On June 19, 2010 Andoni and his maternal grandmother never made the flight.

Swiss Air representatives confirmed that Despoina Asvesta cancelled the tickets on June 15, 2010 and that Andoni was not booked on any other flight.

July 8, 2010 Federal Court signs contempt order against Despina,

“Ms. Asvesta is ordered to return the parties’ minor child to the United States forthwith; Ms. Asvesta’s willful violation of this Court’s Order and wrongful retention of the child in Greece shall be reported to the appropriate governmental and law enforcement authorities for possible criminal prosecution, including the United States Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interpol, and any other appropriate law enforcement or governmental authorities; Ms. Asvesta’s willful violation of this Court’s Order and wrongful retention of the child in Greece shall be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, so that red Interpol notices will be issued for Ms. Asvesta and yellow Interpol notices will be issued for the parties’ minor child; All appropriate steps may be taken to enforce this Court’s Orders and to promptly have the parties’ minor child returned to the United States, including but not limited to criminal charges against Ms. Asvesta and extradition of Ms. Asvesta to the United States”

This is clearly a re-abduction by Asvesta, and I am seeking assistance from any government agency or media outlet that will help me bring awareness to this matter and will also help bring my son back to the US .

I am working with NCMEC, the State Department in Washington and the FBI.

My congressman has written numerous letters of interest to bring my son, Andoni Petroutsas back home to California , where he belongs. I have also contacted Both Senators Feinstein and Boxers offices.

The only reason I have come this far is for the unconditional, pure love I have for my son.


George A. Petroutsas