Friday, September 09, 2005

Another Missing Child

Here's another example of our failure to protect our children and our border from worthless scum. Why is this guy out and running loose with the kind of criminal baggage he has attached to him. He should have been penned up permanently, fixed or put down like a mad dog. Three months in jail and an order to leave the country? Did anyone expect that to curtail his criminal attacks on children?

Police launched a nationwide manhunt Wednesday for a missing Ontario High School girl and the sex offender suspected of kidnapping her.

Authorities said they fear for the safety of 14-year-old Laura Martinez, who disappeared before she made it to school Tuesday. They believe she was taken by 28-year-old Elias Flores Martinez, a convict who previously tried to snatch young girls in Ontario and Mexico. A motive for the abduction remained unknown Wednesday, but police were beginning to suspect the man may have befriended the girl and convinced her to leave with him.

Police issued an Amber Alert on Tuesday night and sent information and photos to the Border Patrol. A $500,000 arrest warrant for kidnapping was issued for Elias Martinez.

Investigators are especially concerned for the girl's safety because of Elias Martinez's criminal history.

Court records show he has been required to register as a sex offender since October 2000, when he was convicted of sexual battery in San Bernardino County.

Martinez was initially charged in that case with two counts of assault with intent to rape. The charges were reduced to a single count of sexual battery as part of a plea bargain in which Martinez was ordered to spend three months in jail and three years on probation.

A judge also ordered him to leave the country, stay away from underage girls and register as a sex offender.

His name does not appear in the state's sex offender database, indicating he never registered.

It appears, however, he did leave the country.

Only a few months ago, Martinez tried to abduct a 17-year-old relative in Guerrero, Mexico Laura's parents told police.

Police said the man then fled from Mexican authorities back to the United States.

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