SEATTLE - A man King
County prosecutors believe may have molested multiple members of his
own extended family as far back as 1966 was arrested today in Panama
City, Fla., by Deputy U.S. Marshals from the North Florida Violent
Fugitive Task Force.
Roger Alan Scherner, of Carmel, Calif., was tracked to Panama City
on information provided by the Pacific Northwest Fugitive
Apprehension Task Force (PNWFAT) in Seattle. Scherner is currently
being held at the Bay County Jail facing extradition back to
Scherner failed to appear for his trial in Seattle on Feb. 28, where
he is facing two counts of first degree rape of a child and one
count of first degree child molestation. The incident allegedly
occurred when the victim was only 7-years-old and vacationing in
Bellevue with Scherner. Now a teenager, the child told her mother in
2003 about the abuse and Bellevue police detectives began
investigating the case.
Bellevue police detectives interviewed multiple family members and
friends who reportedly said they too had been molested by Scherner
over the years. The victims, all currently adults, range in age from
their late 20s to early 50s. Although the statute of limitations on
these allegations has expired, and Scherner could not be charged
with any potential crimes, many of the victims were prepared to
testify against him at his trial scheduled to start last week.
Scherner was originally arrested on the charges in California in
late Jan., 2007. He was then extradited to King County, and later
released on $250,000 dollar bail in mid-Feb., 2007. When Scherner
failed to show for his trial last week, King County Superior Court
Judge Cheryl Carey issued a warrant for Scherner’s arrest and set
bail at $10 million.
The Bellevue Police Department and the King County Prosecutor’s
Office requested the assistance of the PNWFAT in locating and
apprehending Scherner. Within days, PNWFAT investigators determined
that Scherner had fled to Florida and a collateral lead was sent to
the U.S. Marshals Office in Panama City.
“Deputy U.S. Marshals and Fugitive Task Force Officers both here in
Seattle and in Panama City have worked tirelessly this past week in
order bring this dangerous sexual predator to justice” said David Y.
Miller, Acting U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington.
“Our sincere thanks go out to those dedicated deputies on the ground
in Florida who persevered until Mr. Scherner was finally located and
taken off the street.”
The PNWFAT is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of
investigators from the King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle Police
Department, Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector
General, Washington State Department of Corrections, and the U.S.
Marshals Service. The Task Force is supported by the Project Safe
Neighborhoods Initiative and was formed to concentrate apprehension
efforts to remove federal, state and local fugitives from the
streets. The Task Force objective is to disrupt illegal gang, gun
and drug activity in the Pacific Northwest and to reduce the amount
of violence in the region.
For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit
U.S. Marshal’s Western Washington website at
www.usmarshals.gov/district/wa-w. For additional information on
the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, go to the PSN website at
For information on the apprehension, contact the US Marshals
Service, Western District of Washington; for information on the
criminal case, call the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
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