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Sex offender in custody but warrant issued

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Gazette Staff
May 23, 2008
— A convicted sex offender accused of having a knife and handcuffs in his vehicle when arrested on a bail jumping charge in April is in custody in Winnebago County, Ill.

Daniel D. Anderson, 59, did not appear in Rock County Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.


Court Commissioner Louis Mineau issued a bench warrant for Anderson to ensure his return to Rock County.


In April, Janesville police asked residents to look out for Anderson.


Deputy Chief David Moore said at the time that the public should be vigilant for Anderson because of the knife and handcuffs they reported finding in his vehicle.


Anderson’s attorney, Cynthia Stoppel, e-mailed The Janesville Gazette to say that what Moore described as a knife was actually a letter opener.


Asked about the discrepancy, Moore read from the police report, which indicates Anderson had possessed a “dagger-style letter-opening instrument.”


In 1977 while employed as a teacher, Anderson took a 16-year-old female student to a motel room, knocked her out with a blow to the head and sexually assaulted her, Janesville police reported.


In 1990, Anderson had sexual intercourse with a 6-year-old female acquaintance.


And in 1997 while on parole, Anderson approached two girls, ages 8 and 10, forced the children into his car and drove for several minutes before releasing them, police reported.


Anderson served his prison and parole and is no longer subject to any police or parole supervision, but he must keep his information current on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.


Anderson was arrested in Beloit last summer on a felony charge of failing to update his registration information. He is accused of violating bond conditions on that charge in April by possessing the knife Janesville police reported finding in his vehicle.


Anderson was to appear Thursday before Mineau on charges of felony bail jumping and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.


Stoppel told Mineau that Anderson had been hospitalized in Winnebago County and was arrested upon his discharge because he had not registered as a sex offender in Winnebago County.


Assistant district attorney Anne Nack told Mineau that Anderson also was arrested on charges of obstructing an officer and destroying evidence.


The Gazette was unable to reach the assistant state’s attorney handling Anderson’s case in Winnebago County.


Wisconsin court records online show three open criminal cases for Anderson besides the one in which he was to appear Thursday. Complaints filed in those cases list charges of carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of felony bail-jumping, using fraud to obtain a driver’s license and failure to update his information on the state’s sex offender registry.



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