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Father Discovers Transient in Daughter’s Bedroom is Accused Molester

September 14, 1994

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) _ A couple befriended a transient and even allowed him to sleep in their daughter’s bedroom before discovering to their horror that he was wanted for molesting three young girls.

Robert DeCosta said Tuesday he called police after seeing Kyle Allen Ramer on the late news. Lakeport officers arrested the fugitive, who was featured recently on the TV show ″America’s Most Wanted.″

DeCosta’s wife, Karen, had found Ramer in a park in Lakeport, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, during a rainstorm on Monday. She took pity on the man, who had only a bedroll, DeCosta said.

She invited Ramer, 35, to dry off and spend the night at the family’s home.

Ramer slept in the bedroom of DeCosta’s 5-year-old daughter. The girl slept with her parents in another room. DeCosta’s 3- and 4-year-old sons slept in the bedroom next to Ramer.

DeCosta was already having second thoughts about his guest, though, and invited two friends to spend the evening at the house as a precaution.

They were watching the TV news when photos of Ramer flashed on the screen during a report about the police search for him. DeCosta immediately called police.

″I was angry, but I kept control of myself because I didn’t want him to know what I knew,″ DeCosta said.

Ramer has been charged with molesting three girls in the San Francisco and San Jose areas, police said. He was being held at a Lake County jail.

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