Kevin B. Wagner – Repeat Sex Offender – Carried note cards

A convicted sex offender with a history of harassing teen and preteen girls in public has been charged with propositioning two 15-year-old girls as they walked toward downtown Kirkland in January.

Prosecutors say that when they later arrested Kevin B. Wagner, 53, he was carrying pictures of naked girls and a stack of index cards with notes about unnamed girls.

Wagner was charged last week in King County Superior Court with communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, a sex offense. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

Wagner has been convicted of third-degree rape as well as burglary, assault and driving offenses.

On Jan. 7, two 15-year-old Lake Washington High School girls were walking from the bus center in Kirkland toward a fast-food restaurant on Central Way when a an older man with graying hair under a bright orange beanie approached on the sidewalk and asked, “Do you want me to buy your breakfast, honey?”

When the girls declined, the man asked them if they wanted to have sex and made lewd comments about their anatomy. The girls quickly walked away.

Police used the girls’ description of the man to put out a composite sketch and an alert to other police, charging documents said.

Then in February, Wagner was arrested on a Metro bus in Kirkland for showing preteen girls pornographic photos. He ended up getting in a scuffle with a passenger who intervened. He was later convicted of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct for that incident.

Police noted that Wagner looked a lot like the person the teenage girls had described in January. The girls picked Wagner out of a photo lineup, prosecutors said.

Wagner was registered as a Level 3 sex offender, which is considered the highest risk for reoffending.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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