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Utah sex offender sought in kidnapping is arrested in California
First Published Aug 09 2013 09:56 pm • Last Updated Aug 09 2013 10:11 pm

A man being sought for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in Ogden was caught in California after more than a month of searching.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of California’s Eureka Police Department arrested Ryan Mitchell Schaffer, 33, in Eureka, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement by Ogden Police.

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Ogden had issued an extraditable warrant for Schaffer for one count of aggravated kidnapping and three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, all felonies. Schaffer is a registered sex offender in Utah.

Police say Schaffer approached the teen at a FrontRunner station on July 3 and threatened him with a knife. Schaffer allegedly took the boy all over Ogden over the next three days and forced the boy to have sex, sometimes at gunpoint. Schaffer reportedly took the boy to a house on the 600 block of 32nd Street and told the residents the 14-year-old was his cousin.

Ogden police were unable to find Schaffer in the Ogden area, so they enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals’ Joint Criminal Apprehension Team.


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