Wanted fugitive last seen in Central Texas getting national attention

AUSTIN -- A fugitive last seen in Austin is getting national and international attention this weekend.

Kevin Stoeser was weeks away from completing a 13-year sentence for sexually assaulting girls as young as 13 when he escaped from a Del Valle halfway house months ago.

Authorities say it's imperative they find him before he strikes again, and they hope a CNN broadcast of his crimes will give them new leads.

Sex offender Kevin Stoeser is on the U.S. Marshals 15 'Most Wanted' list. And on Sunday, he was featured on the CNN showThe Hunt with John Walsh.

In October 2013, while at the Austin Transitional Center, Stoeser was found with ear buds and a cell phone, which he was not allowed to have. On that cell phone, staff members found over 20 images of scantily clad young girls. Minutes later, Stoesner ran out an emergency door and hasn't been seen since.

"Kevin Stoeser is a continued danger to our community," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez. "He's a continued danger to the children in our communities."

Gomez is with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and says Stoeser may look different than he did since they last took his photo.

"Probably very bearded, again dishelveled, transient in nature. We believe he could visit or ingratiate himself to the transient community," Gomez said.

And he's sure Stoeser is looking for more victims.

"Chat rooms, blogs, any type of way that he can speak with or get a hold of young children," Gomez said. "When we talk about, again, that classic serial predator, he is one."

Authorities hope Sunday's CNN broadcast will shine a spotlight on Stoeser bright enough to find him quickly and generate tips that will lead them to where ever he may be.

"Raising Kevin Stoeser's profile to a national audience will hopefully flush him out," Deputy Gomez said.

Stoeser is 5' 9" and weighs 165 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He also has numerous tattoos on his arms and chest.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the U.S. Marshals Office. There is a $25,000 reward for his arrest.


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