A suspected sexual predator who disappeared last year after being charged in San Diego with child molestation has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted fugitive list (photo posted).
Jehovah’s Witness Brother Frederick McLean (aka Frederick McClean, aka Rick McClain) was a member of the congregation in Vista and Oceanside, CA during the last 25 years. He was a pioneer and Ministerial Servant, and was recently disfellowshipped. Most of the news reports have omitted any reference to his long involvement with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The mother of 2 of McLean’s alleged victims says he used Jehovah’s Witness congregations to seduce the victims.
“His preferred age of his victim was from 6 or 7 years old to 12 years old. Some of his victims did come forward . . . Some of the victims we have identified are now adults. Some of the victims identified are still children.”
Investigators believe McLean’s abusive acts against young victims span over a 20-year period. One alleged victim, now an adult, reported that McLean assaulted her more than 100 times, starting when she was 5 and ending some 7 years later.
Frederick McLean, 55, is wanted on multiple counts of sexual assault on a child. In May 2004, family members of an alleged molestation victim confronted McClean, who admitted the allegations were true, prompting them to call the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. McClean’s wife left him after the confrontation, and he later signed divorce papers and transferred financial assets to her. The last known sighting of the suspect was in September, when he made contact with his ex-wife.
McLean last lived in the Riverside-area community of Winchester, but detectives believe most of the alleged crimes occurred in San Diego County. He is the former owner of a race car restoration and sales business, may be driving a small, dark-colored pickup truck or a 1955 Chevrolet, license number 4WQH018. He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. McLean is considered armed and dangerous, and possibly suicidal.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to McLean’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to call the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, or the agency’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-336-0102.
I called just because their posting didn’t include anything about his JW involvement. He could be accepted into any Kingdom Hall. They don’t really keep tabs on who might be disfellowshipped, and if he’s talking the talk, he’ll most likely be taken in. He would stick out anywhere else, but he could blend in very easily in a JW context. I hope they’ll add that to the information on the site – anyway, they said that they would pass on the information to the investigating officer.