Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ohio's Most Wanted Child Molestor


Only On 5: Police Seek Most Wanted Sex Offender
updated 10:34 a.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 19,

CINCINNATI - News 5 has kicked off a special series to help keep our streets safe: Laura Borchers is now profiling sex offenders police want to find in the next few days. The main objective of the roundup is to help police find the five most wanted sex offenders roaming the tri-state area.

The first sex offender, James Hopkins, is registered with the sheriff's office and a warrant is out for his arrest.

"What Mr. Hopkins did is used his hands and rubbed the private parts of a little boy," said Adam Breeze of the Hamilton Co. Sex Offender Office.

Hopkins has been found guilty of victimizing a 9-year-old.

Breeze said Hopkins did serve his sentence, but failing to register has him in trouble with the law again.

News 5 checked his last known address, a hotel room. There was no sign of him and the manager there says he's been gone for months.

Hopkins is from Kentucky and the officials believe he may have returned to his roots.

Police say that if you've seen him, you would know it due to his distinctive features. "He's losing his hair and he has two maybe birthmarks or moles on his head," said Breeze.

Prosecutors who have worked on similar cases stress the importance of rounding up offenders like Hopkins, because without proper monitoring they will most likely strike again.

Tuesday at 5, we will continue with a look at No. 2 on our list of the tri-state's most wanted sex offenders.

Ohio's Most Wanted Child Rapist

Most Wanted Sex Offender Raped Child, Fled Police
updated 9:49 a.m. ET, Sun., Feb. 24, 2008

CINCINNATI - Thanks to tips from News 5 viewers, detectives said theyre making progress in the search for some of the Tri-states most wanted sex offenders. Police said convicted rapist Ronald Washington has been at large since October, when he stopped informing authorities where he was living, as required by the state.

Investigators said sex offenders can often be different from those convicted of other crimes.

They tend to be socially, more skilled, than your average criminal, they tend to be more manipulative than your average criminal and they probably have a higher recidivism rate than your average criminal," said Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel.

Authorities said these characteristics influence sex offenders crimes and police investigations.

Washington, for example, stripped off a 6-year-old girls clothes and asked her to play a game, and police said he then raped the child.

It will affect them for the rest of their lives and, in some cases, they'll actually become sex offenders themselves, said Adam Breeze of the Hamilton County Sheriffs department. Maybe (become) pregnant by 15, drugs, abuse herself or her kids, when and if she has them.

Washingtons last known address was his mothers home, but she said she had no idea where her son had gone.

I haven't heard from him in months, the woman said. Its been a long time since I've heard from him.

Police said they hoped News 5 viewers could help them find Washington and the areas other five most wanted sex offenders, who were profiled this week.

If you have any information about these men, call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.