EUGENE, Ore. - Police in Eugene have issued a rare public alert to warn residents that a convicted sex offender from Washington state recently moved to the city. Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson currently resides in a motel in the Whiteaker area of Eugene. He had previously registered as a sex offender to live in the 29800 block of Pacific Highway South in Federal Way back in August.
Police said 49-year-old Rasmuson has twice been convicted of sexual assaults against children in California. He was convicted in 1981 of sodomizing an 11-year-old boy and in 1987 of kidnapping and lewd and lascivious acts with a 3-year-old child.
According to police reports and court documents, the first victim was on his way to football practice in Santa Barbara County when Rasmuson lured him into a drainage ditch with a ruse about helping look for a lost dog. He was sentenced to prison and then released in 1985.
In the second incident, he was arrested and charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy from Los Angeles. In that case the young victim was found the next day wandering in the Agoura Hills area approximately over 25 miles from where he was taken. Rasmuson later turned himself in and was convicted.
He is described as 5 feet 10 and 200 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.
- Compiled with information from The Eugene Police Department.