PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – US Marshals joined local police Tuesday, tracking down a registered sex offender accused of abusing another child.
He had been hiding in the woods for weeks, until locals tipped off authorities.
Police say David David was prepared to stay in his hut in the woods for a while.
“This set-up was elaborate,” said Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson.
Equipped with a heater, electricity, a police scanner and knives, the 64-year-old sex offender had put a shelter together in a wooded area behind Tuckers Church on Steubenville Pike in Hanover Township, Washington County.
He’s been hiding from police for two weeks, after he reportedly sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl in Brooke County, West Virginia last month.
Police say David met the little girl because her father was working on a job site with him.
“He had come to West Virginia in a motor home and had put the mobile home in a trailer park and that’s where he came into contact with the child,” said Jackson.
After the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office began its search for David, they found out that he’d been convicted of a 1999 sexual offense, just like the one he’s currently accused of.
David, who is on the Megan’s Law website, is listed as non-compliant, because he refused to tell police his current address.
Sheriff Jackson says he may have abused other children. Tuesday morning, his deputies found another potential victim, where the alleged abuse took place two years ago.
Jackson’s asking anyone whose children may have had contact with David to talk to them.
“Based on his past criminal history and what we know today, from what we’ve seen, where he was hiding from us and the lengths he will go to stay away from the police and avoid prosecution, I’d hazard to bet that there’s more children,” he said.
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