Fugitive on lam for 6 years

Sex offender: Kristopher Kreutzer found in Mexico, faces 10 years in prison

jpawloski@theolympian.comOctober 9, 2012 

A registered sex offender from Olympia who has been living as a fugitive for six years in Mexico, and possibly Oman, returned to a Thurston County courtroom Monday to face the potential of up to an additional 10 years in prison, according to a prosecutor.

Kristopher Kreutzer, 32, pleaded guilty in March 2002 to three counts of first-degree child molestation for sexually abusing two girls, starting when they were younger than 12, court papers state. As part of a plea deal, he was sentenced in May 2002 to a “Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative” or SSOSA, that allowed him to serve one year in jail and an additional 130 months in community custody under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections.

But in January 2006, Kreutzer disappeared from his Libby Road address, absconding from DOC custody after repeatedly violating the conditions of his SSOSA by possessing pornography and consuming alcohol, court papers state.

A notice of violation in Kreutzer’s court file also indicates that he was untruthful during a polygraph exam when asked several questions, including, “Are you purposely concealing unreported contact with anyone under the age of 18 since your release?” and “Have you had sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18 since your release?”

Thurston County Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christy Peters said she cannot recall another Thurston County criminal case involving someone who has been living as a fugitive with an active felony arrest warrant for so long.

Peters said Monday that a collaborative investigation by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, helped find Kreutzer, who was living in Mexico. She said Kreutzer was arrested in Mazatlan on Aug. 30, and was deported to a federal facility in Arizona before being returned to Washington last week after waiving extradition.

Peters said Kreutzer evaded capture for years. Federal and international authorities had tips that he was living in Mexico in 2006 and had a tip again in 2010 that he was working on an oil rig in Oman in the Middle East, but they could not find him, she said.

He was working as an air conditioning repairman and had a wife and children in Mazatlan, Peters said.

During Monday’s court hearing, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ordered Kreutzer held without bail.

Peters requested an evidentiary hearing to begin the process of revoking Kreutzer’s SSOSA, which, once accomplished, could bring him up to a 10-year prison sentence. That hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18.

Tabor also arraigned Kreutzer on a new charge of failure to register as a sex offender. Kreutzer pleaded not guilty to the offense.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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