AUSTIN (May 12, 2014) The U.S. Marshal’s Service added former soldier Kevin Stoeser, 41, to its 15 Most Wanted List Monday and offered a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Stoeser, who was convicted of child molestation and child pornography, escaped from the Austin Transitional Center, a halfway house in Del Valle outside of Austin.
Stoeser was serving out the remainder of a 156-month sentence he received after he was convicted of four counts of child sexual assault and possession of child pornography, a news release issued Monday by U.S. Deputy Marshal Hector Gomez, of Austin, said.
Stoeser pleaded guilty to the charges in a court-martial at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was ordered held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He was discharged from the Army after his guilty plea in 2003.
A behavioral assessment conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service Behavioral Analysis Unit classified Stoeser as high risk and likely to re-offend and given his background, Stoeser is sexually dangerous and poses a significant risk to the community.
"Stoeser is a malicious individual who abused innocent children on multiple occasions. His escape represents a threat to public safety," said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton.
"His egregious crimes earned him a place on our 15 Most Wanted list which is reserved for the most violent and dangerous fugitives."
Staff members of the halfway house confiscated an unauthorized smartphone from Stoeser on Oct. 24, 2013, on which they found 26 images of underage children.
After the discovery, Stoeser fled through an emergency exit and has been on the run since.
Stoeser, 41, is white with brown hair and blue eyes.
He’s 5-foot-9, weighs 170 pounds, and has several tattoos including, "Kayla" intertwined with barbed wire on his left upper arm; "Khaos" and "Stoeser" on his chest; barbed wire designs on his right arm; and a naked female on his right calf.
Stoeser is known to use aliases such as Patrick Kevin Stoeser, Patrick Stoeser, Mark Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Jason Thompson.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Tips may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.