Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scott Michael Schoenecker - Repeat Sex Offender -

A Level 3 sex offender is under arrest and charged with molesting a young boy at a public swimming pool.

Prosecutors have filed child molestation charges in an alleged assault on a 12-year-old boy at a Vashon Island pool.

According to charging papers, King County prosecutors believe 40-year-old Scott Michael Schoenecker accosted the child in a dressing room of the Vashon Public Pool. Schoenecker was arrested the day after the June 21 incident and remains in King County Jail.

In court documents, the King County sheriff's detective investigating the case says that Schoenecker approached the two young boys after watching them undress preparing to swim. The boys told the detective Sheonecker joined them in the shower area for a pre-swim rinse but did not approach them at the time.

After a short swim, the 12-year-old boy returned to the dressing area to place something in his swim bag. He told police that Schoenecker -- who was unknown to him before the incident -- grabbed him from behind and reached into the boy's swimsuit.

The child was able to break free and rushed to a staff member, police say.

Schoenecker fled.

As luck would have it, one of the boys from the locker room spotted Schoenecker at the Vashon Public Library the next day and he was arrested. Now police are wondering if there are other victims out there.

Two weeks before his arrest, Schoenecker had broken off contact with his parole officer, according to prosecutor. A registered sex offender, Schoenecker had recently been released from prison following a 2006 child molestation conviction.
In that case, Schoenecker was accused of groping several boys at a Tukwilla Target store. According to court documents, a 15-year-old boy spotted Schoenecker touching himself while staring at him; the boy told police Schoenecker was wearing partially transparent shorts without underwear.
"Level 3 means highly likely to reoffend and he did reoffend. We certainly don't know if this is our only victim," says Urquhart.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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