A convicted sex offender who has twice fled New York after being charged with sexual crimes involving minors is back in Syracuse and has been indicted, U.S. prosecutor Lisa Fletcher said.
Elmer Heffelmire, 45, formerly of 214 Slocum Ave., Syracuse, was charged last August with viewing child pornography on a computer at the Onondaga County Central Library.
When he was arrested, he also was carrying a computer disk with more child pornography and had other porn at his house, police said.
Heffelmire was to appear in County Court on the charges, but fled the area, Fletcher said.
Police caught up with him in Ohio; he was extradited to Syracuse and the case was recently turned over to federal authorities, Fletcher said.
He has been indicted but it’s still unclear when his next court appearance will be, she said.
In his prior case, Heffelmire was charged in 1989 with sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in Syracuse.
He fled the area and Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh put Heffelmire on his list of Top 10 fugitives. Heffelmire was apprehended in Texas and returned to serve 16 years in state prison on sodomy and attempted escape charges.