I always cry when Oprah does child abuse shows but this one was so cool. I don’t care what anyone says (except Jesus, of course), but Oprah fucking rocks.

Oprah reward leads to arrest of suspected molester

Howie Padilla, Star Tribune October 7, 2005

About 48 hours after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” featured eight suspected child predators and announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to any of their arrests Tuesday, the first was captured in Fargo.

FBI officials worked with Fargo police Thursday to arrest William C. Davis, 33, who has been fleeing child molestation charges from Poseyville, Ind., said FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe.

A woman called the FBI about noon Thursday, saying that her friend thought she saw Davis on “Oprah” Tuesday. The woman went to www.oprah.com and found Davis’ picture and profile, McCabe said.

About 4:45 p.m., authorities arrested Davis, who had been living under the alias Mark A. Davis. He initially denied being the man charged with five counts of child molestation, accused of raping boys in Indiana, McCabe said.

William C. Davis

As investigators continued to question him, however, Davis relented and was arrested at a Fargo residence.

It was not known late Thursday how long he had been in Fargo or what may have drawn him there.

Officials at one time believed he might have been headed to Oregon to seek treatment for pedophilic addiction, according to court documents.

The arrest comes three months after registered sex offender and Fargo resident Joseph Duncan was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of an 8-year-old Idaho girl. Duncan is also accused of killing her family.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Posey County, Ind., Davis repeatedly raped a boy between Jan. 1 and July 28, 2004.

The boy’s mother met Davis while he was working for a youth crisis line. Davis developed a relationship with the boy and his brother, including taking them fishing and sometimes spending the night in their Evansville home, the court papers said.

In late July, however, the boy told his mother that Davis had raped him. The charges said that at least one other boy accused Davis of rape.

Davis also was convicted in 1992 of two counts of child molestation. Upon his 1994 release from prison for those crimes, Davis failed to comply with sex-offender registration laws, court papers said.

Earlier this year, the FBI began working with staff members from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to highlight some of the most notorious fugitive child predators in the country, McCabe said.

Those fugitives were highlighted on the show Tuesday.

“With every breath in my body, and with you by my side, we are going to move heaven and earth to stop an evil that has been going on for far too long,” Winfrey said in a statement on her website. “Before one more child lands in the headlines, we need to capture these criminals and put them away for good.”

McCabe praised the show and hailed Winfrey’s dedication to the fugitives’ arrest. He also said that it is a testament to how serious authorities take citizens’ tips.

“We get numerous tips everyday on a variety of things, including voter fraud, fugitives and terrrorism,” McCabe said. “We take every tip seriously, and we follow up on them. That’s what helped to successfully bring this fugitive into custody.”

Davis is being held in the Cass County jail pending extradition to Indiana.

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