Cops say Hyatt's home was full of child pornography.
Cops in Bradenton, Fla. say Roy Stephen Hyatt is not someone you want looking after your kids. Unfortunately, that's exactly what some parents allowed him to do in 1996: police say Hyatt was a well liked member of his church, where he met the parents of his victims. The parents trusted Hyatt enough to let him take their kids to the beach.
Police say Hyatt boldly molested three girls in broad daylight out on the beach. The girls were 12, 11, and 9 years old. Hyatt pled guilty to child molestation, but despite his new notoriety he stayed in the Bradenton Beach area, where police would make a disturbing discovery seven years later.
They say he appears non-threatening, has a thin build, and wears prescription glasses.
An Electronic Trail
In December 2003, the FBI's Innocent Images Task Force was running Operation Peer Pressure, a nationally coordinated effort to combat child pornography. Agents used file sharing programs to track the online distribution of child pornography. The strategy was to use the electronic trails to find people sharing and downloading the illegal porn.
One of the locations they hunted down was Roy Stephen Hyatt's home in Bradenton, Fla. According to them, the registered sex offender had a computer, multiple disks, videotapes, and numerous reels of 8mm film in his possession, all of which contained child pornography. Given Hyatt's past, the discovery was especially disturbing.
Agents say Hyatt refused to give a statement at the time. The FBI seized Hyatt's computer and all the evidence at his home. While they built their case, Hyatt pretended to cooperate. But cops say Hyatt had no intention of turning himself in. In May, 2004, they issued the warrant for his arrest, but Hyatt went on the run. He had lied to his lawyer and to the police and gotten rid of everything he owned. He hasn't been seen since.
Agents say Hyatt has worked as a laborer in the past. They say he appears non-threatening, has a thin build, and wears prescription glasses. He's going bald and is known to smoke cigarettes. They say when he disappeared he was driving a blue 1964 Dodge car, which he may or may not still have. Police say he has ties to New York.
Possession Of Child Pornography, Bradenton, FL
Roy Stephen Hyatt
Age Now 60
Weight 135 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair) Brown
Police say Hyatt is balding. They also say he has some gray in his hair.
Eyes (Color and Correction) Blue Glasses
Hyatt has scars on his left cheek and upper lip.
Hyatt has a tattoo on his left hand and a tattoo on a finger on his left hand.
Cops say Hyatt was a trusted member of a church where he allegedly befriended the parents of his victims.
Other Possible Locations
Last Known Locations
Police say Hyatt was driving a blue 1964 Dodge car at the time of his disappearance.