Nationwide manhunt launched for suspected Crook County child sex abuser

A nationwide manhunt is on for a California man wanted in a Crook County child sex abuse case, according to Sheriff John Gautney.

William Red Hawk Espinoza, 35, was scheduled to appear for trial at the Crook County Circuit Court on Monday.

Gautney said Espinoza failed to appear and a nationwide arrest warrant has been issued with security set at $1.5 million.

Espinoza is facing charges of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration and three counts of first degree sex abuse involving a child under the age of 14 years old, Gautney said. The alleged incident happened in 2016.

The sheriff said Espinoza last reported that he was in Hershey, Calif. where he told authorities his car broke down on the way to court.

He has family in Turlock, Calif. and has ties to Stevenson, Calif.

Espinoza is described as 5’9″ and 230 pounds with brown eyes and hair.

If you have any information regarding Espinoza, please contact Detective Sanchez at (541) 447-6398

 

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