Convicted Molester Ordered To Post Warning Signs Is Sought By Police
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A convicted child molester ordered to post a sign warning neighbors that he was a ″dangerous sex offender″ disappeared after a judge ruled he violated his probation by covering the sign, authorities said Friday.
An arrest warrant was issued earlier this week for Richard J. Bateman, 47, who received the unusual probationary term last year along with a one-year jail term after pleading no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony.
When he was released from jail in November, Bateman rented a room in a Portland home and was allowed to place the sign, reading ″Dangerous Sex Offender, No Children Allowed,″ on his interior bedroom door.
However, in mid-December, Multnomah County District Judge Dorothy Baker ordered Bateman to post the sign on the front door of the house, said Tom Grinnell, a county probation officer.
Grinnell said he and the judge were concerned about the proximity of a school to Bateman’s home and Bateman’s statement that he did not plan to move within two months, as originally planned. Bateman also missed a court-ordered therapy session, Grinnell said.
″He posted the sign but he camouflaged it with various cards and, at one point, a wreath,″ Grinnell said. The judge’s recent order was not revealed publicly until Friday.
Bateman failed after three warnings to post the sign so it could be seen clearly, and Ms. Baker issued an arrest warrant Wednesday, he said.
Grinnell went to the home twice Thursday to arrest Bateman but could not find him. The landlady, a family friend of Bateman’s, expressed surprise that he was not home, Grinnell said.
″I don’t know how he found out about the warrant,″ Grinnell said.
Bateman, a drywall installer, was convicted of luring a 5-year-old girl into his previous home and molesting her and three days later molesting a 5- year-old boy.
He was sentenced in 1979 to the state penitentiary for kidnapping and sodomizing a young girl.