Crime

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

| by Emily Smith

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.

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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.

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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