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Convicted sex offender strikes again A three-time convicted sex offender living under the radar less than a mile from an elementary school for almost two years is facing a fourth charge in connection with an abduction of a nine-year-old girl on Sept. 24, 2009, in South Austin. Charles Butcher, 42, is being held in the Travis County Jail on $600,000 bond while he waits for indictment on charges of aggravated kidnapping and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, both feloni
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  Convicted sex offender strikes again A three-time convicted sex offender living under the radar less than a mile froman elementary school for almost two years is facing a fourth charge in connection with anabduction of a nine-year-old girl on Sept. 24, 2009, in South Austin.Charles Butcher, 42, is being held in the Travis County Jail on $600,000 bondwhile he waits for indictment on charges of aggravated kidnapping and failure to complywith sex offender registration requirements, both felonies. The indictment is scheduledfor October 26 and he faces anywhere from five years to life in prison.According to the arrest affidavit, Butcher kidnapped the victim while she waswalking to school on Sept. 24, and forced her into his 1986 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Hethreatened her with a kitchen knife and brought her to his apartment where he locked her in a closet and fed her once with toast and jelly, and a second time with ravioli.After approximately eight hours, he then drove the victim back to her streetunharmed. The victim’s parents could not be reached for comment.The victim’s vivid description of Butcher and the Harley-Davidson memorabiliaon his truck and in his apartment led to the arrest of Butcher following a traffic stop onSept. 25.Butcher’s intentions and motive for the kidnapping are still unknown.Butcher was convicted of kidnapping a girl with a gun in Muskingum County,  Ohio in 1995. While serving in the armed forces in Korea in 1991, he was also chargedwith abducting and sexually assaulting a young girl.According to the arrest affidavit in the Austin case, the victim walks to CowanElementary School every morning from her house at 9201 Brodie Lane in South Austin.Butcher had been living less than a mile from the school at Mission TanglewoodApartments since January of 2008.Austin Police Department Sergeant Greg Moss, who supervises the sex offender and registration division, said that there are no restrictions in Austin regarding where sexoffenders live if they are not on probation or parole.Butcher told police after the arrest that he drives past the 9000 block of BrodieLane, where the alleged abduction took place, every morning on his way to work as atechnician at Jiffy Lube on Brodie Lane.The managers of Tanglewood Apartments and Jiffy Lube refused to comment.Bob Stoupa, the Marketing Director for Heartland Automotive Services that owns JiffyLube, said the company’s policy is to perform background checks for all potentialemployees. He confirmed the store manager ran a background check on Butcher beforehe was hired.Stoupa would not elaborate on why Butcher was hired given his criminal record.According to the Austin arrest affidavit, Butcher signed the Ohio Sex offender Registration Form as part of his release from prison in Ohio on January 9, 2008. As aconvicted sex offender, Ohio state law requires him to register with the sheriff in any  county of any state that he lives for the rest of his life.Butcher was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Ohio for the abduction of the girlin 1995 and an additional three years for the gun charge. His previous conviction inKorea was not considered in his Ohio sentencing because it happened in another country,Muskingum County Deputy Don Yarger of the sex offender registration division said.Butcher was paroled in 2004, but was arrested and jailed again that August for attempting to lure two young children into his car.Yarger said he pleaded with the county judge in Ohio to change Butcher’s statusfrom a “sex offender” to a “sexual predator”. Sexual predators have more stringentrestrictions on relocation and repeat offenses.His requests were denied and Butcher was released on January 1, 2008 as a sexualoffender.All registered sex offenders in Ohio must obtain permission from the sheriff’sdepartment to move to another county or state and must submit an address, phone number and all other necessary forwarding information before departing, Yarger said. Once theyleave, they have three days to register with their new county’s sheriff.After being released from prison, Butcher told Yarger that the sheriff’s officegranted his request to move to North Carolina on Jan. 18, 2008. However, Bucher stayed just one night in North Carolina and then left without registering, Yarger said.On Jan. 24, Butcher called Yarger and said he had moved to Austin without permission, which is a violation of the terms of his release from prison in Ohio.  The same day he learned Butcher was in Austin, Yarger said he sent pictures of Butcher, pictures of the truck used in the alleged Austin abduction and a file detailingButcher’s criminal history.“I sent everything I had to the Travis County Sherriff’s Office and the AustinPolice Department,” Yarger said. “They had a picture of him and the same truck that heabducted that girl from Austin in.”APD Sergeant Moss said when sex offenders cross state lines there’s a possibilityfor confusion because each state has different laws and Texas is not compliant with theAdam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The law requires sex offenders to be categorized in three tiers, the third being the most dangerous, and instructs each stateto share data on sex offenders.“We’re looking at our internal process and looking at different ways we canimprove in the future,” Moss said. “Until every state complies with the Adam Walsh Act,you’ll have some counties with this out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude. The goal is tomake sure the sex offenders don’t get lost in the shuffle and this does not happen again.”Butcher’s attorney Alex Calhoun said he is still in jail while they wait for theofficial indictment that should come on October 26. Calhoun said right now, Butcher hasonly been charged and if the District Attorney thinks there is enough evidence, they willofficially indict Butcher on the charges.“I haven’t really had a chance to talk to him and gel with the guy,” Calhoun said.“If the police think they have enough evidence, I’ll investigate and see where we stand.But right now, it’s just too early at this point to plan a course of action.”
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