BELL COUNTY (July 25, 2014) One of the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 most-wanted fugitives is the subject of a search in Central Texas.
Kevin Patrick Stoeser, 41, is a former Fort Hood soldier who was convicted of four counts of child sexual assault and possession of child pornography and was serving the remainder of a 156-month sentence when he walked away from a halfway house in Travis County.
Stoeser pleaded guilty to the charges in a court-martial at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was initially ordered held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He was discharged from the Army after his guilty plea in 2003.
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 has been spotted at least a dozen times in the Leander area and authorities now believe he may be hiding out in Bell County.
Some Leander residents were concerned enough that they posted signs about Stoeser all over town in hopes someone sees him and notifies police.
"He doesn't need to be around here that's why I'm putting his face out there I want everyone to see him so he can't get away from any of us," Tana Key, of Leander, told an Austin television station on Wednesday.
In May the U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to Stoeser’s arrest.
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."
Stoeser, 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.
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