Curtis Anton Bsseda, who did 12 years in prison for setting fire to multiple abortion facilities, is now being sought for groping an 11-year-old girl.
Beseda was charged with first-degree child molestation in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Snohomish County prosecutors allege that Beseda, 58, was at the Fred Meyer store at 2801 Bickford Ave. on Jan. 27 when he approached an 11-year-old girl who was waiting for her father outside a restroom.
Beseda leaned so close to the girl she could feel his breath on her ear, then he pressed his pelvis into her backside and fondled her buttocks and thigh, prosecutors wrote in the affidavit of probable cause that lays out the state’s case…
Beseda was convicted of arson and trespassing for setting three fires in Everett at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in 1983 and 1984 and setting a fire at a women’s health clinic in Bellingham where abortions were performed.
The Everett clinic never reopened after it was destroyed by the third arson.
At his trial in U.S. District Court, Beseda admitted to setting the fires, saying he did it for the “glory of God.” He also said he made sure there were no people inside because he didn’t want to hurt anyone.
He said he was unhappy he caused people emotional distress but was glad that he might have helped prevent some abortions.
He served 12 years of a 20-year sentence and was released in 1996, according to court documents.
While imprisoned, Beseda became a martyr for the anti-abortion movement and was honored at a national anti-abortion banquet in 1995, according to The Associated Press.
In 1997 he was taken back into custody on a parole violation and rereleased in 2003, court documents show.
Since then, he has accrued three misdemeanor convictions for criminal trespassing and fourth-degree assault, according to court documents.