Authorities are searching for a paroled sexual predator who walked away from his East St. Louis halfway house.
Frederick L. Buettner didn't report back to the halfway house July 8 as he was required to do by the terms of his parole, Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer said.
"They're supposed to check in and be at the halfway house at a certain time and he didn't show up," Shaer said. "We do not release specifics of investigations. But the Department of Corrections patrol agents and the U.S. Marshals are actively and aggressively looking for this absconder. We will find him."
Buettner, who lived in Baton Rouge, La., before he was sent to prison, is believed to have cut his electronic monitoring bracelet. He was charged in 2004 in Madison County with a Class X felony charge of predatory criminal sexual assault for a crime that happened in 2002 in East Alton.
According to Madison County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Stephanee Smith, Buettner pleaded guilty in February 2005 and received a 10-year term. He was paroled May 24 after serving 85 percent of the sentence, including time served while awaiting trial. The female victim is a relative, according to authorities.
Buettner also pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual misconduct in Warren County, Mo., in 2004.
"We have nothing to indicate that he is a threat to the public," Shaer said. "I wouldn't say his arrest is imminent. But investigators have got some good leads."
Buettner is described as a white male, 5-foot-11 and weighing 155 pounds. He has blonde or strawberry-blonde hair and a tattoo of a tiger head on his back. Anyone with information about Buettner's location is asked to call their local police department.
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