Latest News

Background check catches accused child molester

BOSSIER CITY, LA. -- An accused child molester who fled from Merced in 2005 has been captured in Louisiana, Merced Police said Wednesday.

Merced Police were notified this week of the arrest Charles Robert Wilson, 31, by Bossier Sheriff's Office investigators, according the Cmdr. Tom Martin of the Merced Police Department.

Martin said in an e-mail that Wilson had applied for a job in a juvenile facility and a background check on his record revealed a $2 million warrant for his arrest from Merced.

Merced Police investigated a report in Oct. 2005 that Wilson had molested a number of children in the area, engaging in crimes dating back to 2004.

After an investigation by Detective David Alcaraz a warrant was issued for Wilson's arrest, charging numerous counts of forced sexual assault upon a child. Alcaraz determined that there was more than one victim.

Wilson fled to Canada to escape arrest in Merced, although police continued to try an track his whereabouts.

Martin said Wilson will be waving extradition back to California -- and Merced Police are making arrangements for his return.