- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) - Snohomish County authorities believe that the man who groped an 11-year-old girl at a Snohomish grocery store last month is the same man who fire-bombed abortion clinics in Everett and Bellingham in the 1980’s.

The Everett Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1jmCj0c ) at least eight people identified Curtis Anton Beseda as the man seen in video surveillance released to the media on Tuesday.

Prosecutors on Friday charged the 58-year-old Beseda with first-degree child molestation in connection with the groping. A judge issued a $250,000 arrest warrant for Beseda. Police say he hasn’t returned to his Snohomish apartment in a few days. His vehicle also is missing.

Beseda became a convicted martyr for the anti-abortion movement in the 1980s after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for arsons at abortion clinics. Beseda was revered by other anti-abortionists and was honored at a national banquet in 1995.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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