Sex offender sought in Walmart assault

Titusville police are seeking the public’s help in finding a registered sex offender they say molested a girl last month in a local Walmart.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Roger A. Fincher, 41, on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation and aggravated stalking, Detective Jessica Edens said in a statement. Fincher, who has three prior convictions in North Carolina for sex crimes against children, is suspected of molesting a 10-year-old girl on Dec. 20 at the store at 3175 Cheney Highway, Edens reported.

Police said Fincher spent about 30 minutes in the store before “approaching and inappropriately touching the victim.” Security tapes seem to indicate that the suspect was roaming the store before the assault, the statement reads.

Police said the man then left the building and got into a semi truck parked on the automotive side of the store, then left the area.

On Wednesday, the Fort Pierce Police Department received a “nearly identical” report of an 11-year-old girl being molested at a Walmart in that city.

Titusville and Fort Pierce police detectives worked together to identify Fincher as the suspect. Fincher is a registered sex offender from Leicester, N.C. His three prior convictions in that state for sex crimes against children are under similar circumstances, police said.

Police described Fincher as a white, 5-foot, 10-inch man weighing 235 pounds. He has light brown-red hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt with pocket on it, blue jeans and white-and-black tennis shoes. The black hat he was wearing had a white stripe along the back, a red bill and a white “3” on the front. He was seen driving a semi with a green cab and white trailer.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Fincher is urged to call Titusville police at 264-7800 or their local law enforcement agency. Residents who want to remain anonymous can text message information to CRIMES (274637). Texters are asked to include the acronym “TPD” with their tip. Informants can also anonymously call 800-423-TIPS (8477).

source:http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100108/BREAKINGNEWS/100108027/1006/NEWS01/Sex+offender+sought+in+Walmart+assault+

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