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Police: Utah Sex Offender Steals School Bus To Pick Up Kids

| by Emily Smith
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Sex offender Patrick James Fredericksen accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to prison after reportedly stealing a school bus and using it to pick up children.

Fredericksen, 31, was arrested in April 2015 following reports of a suspicious school bus driving through Emery County, Utah, KSL reported. Fredericksen matched the description of two other suspicious figures who had been reported on throughout the day: a landscaper who walked away from his job with a set of master keys and a man lurking near a funeral home before a car was stolen.

A list of names and directions for students was found inside the stolen bus. Police said Fredericksen attempted to pick up one child at her home and asked directions to a second child’s home.

In the past, Fredericksen has been convicted of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, impersonating a police officer and other crimes. In 2005, he was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and dealing harmful material to a minor. These charges, however, were dropped due to an reported plea bargain, according to court documents obtained by KSL.

Fredericksen entered no contest pleas on Feb. 17 to attempted child kidnapping, three counts of theft, and other felonies. A charge of driving with a measurable controlled substance was dismissed.

Fredericksen was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison with two identical terms and a term of zero to five years to be served concurrently.  

Sources: KSL, AP via The Standard Examiner / Photo Credit: Emery County Sheriff's Office via WTVR, The Salt Lake Tribune

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