Sex offender found with abducted child

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A 3-year-old Alaska girl who disappeared while her mother was asleep at the Anchorage airport was found with a convicted sex offender minutes after the girl's mother called police.

Alexander Guest, 38, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. Additional charges are pending, according to airport police.

Guest was booked at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility with a $2,500 cash bail. He was lodged Tuesday at the Anchorage Jail.

Wilbur Hooks, chief of police at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, said his department received a call at 3:12 a.m. Monday from child's mother, who was calling from the domestic terminal.

The 3-year-old and her mother had been visiting Anchorage. On Monday morning, they had gone to the airport and were waiting for a flight home. Their names and hometown were not released.

The mother and girl fell asleep. When the mother awoke, her daughter was gone and she called police.

Airport Police began searching the terminal and surrounding areas. Hooks said airport police alerted not only officers but maintenance workers, other airport security officers and screeners from the Transportation Safety Administration.

''We have a great communications system within the airport,'' he said.

Anchorage police also responded with search dogs.

An officer spotted Guest and the child about 14 minutes after the mother's call. Guest was walking with the child toward the terminal.

''We have some indication that the child was taken from the terminal,'' Hooks said. Her shoes where found about 400 feet from the terminal.

Hooks said Guest had been waiting for a flight to Bethel.

Alexander Harry Guest's listing on the state sex offender registry indicates his last address was in Bethel.

He was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 1997 and attempted sexual abuse of a minor in 1999. Both convictions were in Bethel Superior Court.

On the registry, Guest was listed as being out of compliance with registration requirements.

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