Sunday, September 27, 2009

Charles Eugene Butcher II - Repeat Sex Offender - Abducts girl on her way to school

Austin police say a convicted sex offender kidnapped a 9-year-old Austin girl, who was on her way to school Thursday morning.

Charles Eugene Butcher II has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and failure to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of a sexual offense in Ohio back in 1995.

According to court records, the girl was kidnapped on Brodie Lane while she walked to school. In an affidavit, she tells police her attacker, a white man with a goatee, grabbed her from behind and forced her into his red pickup truck. She says he put a knife to her throat and threatened her.

The court records also state that the attacker brought her to the Mission Tanglewood apartment complex on Aftonshire Way, near the intersection of Brodie and Slaughter where he lives. There, he forced her into a closet and bound her hands with torn dish rags. He held her there for several hours before returning her to Brodie Lane. That’s where an officer found her after the girl's mother reported her missing.

"It’s just terrifying," said Laura Hane.

"It’s an awful thing to happen especially here in the area," said William Strobl.

Strobl lives in the same apartment complex as Butcher.

"It's scary to know that. Any parent must be really frightened and concerned," he said.

The girl was able to give police very descriptive details about her attacker as well as the environment in which he held her captive. That led detectives to Butcher. He was arrested Friday for multiple traffic violations. He was later charged in Thursday's abduction.

If you have any information about this case call the Austin Police Department’s child abuse unit at 974-6880.

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

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