Snohomish groper sentenced but walks freely
SNOHOMISH - The former abortion clinic arsonist who groped a young girl in Fred Meyer in January was sentenced to 60 days in jail late last month but is currently not behind bars.
Curtis Beseda pleaded guilty to groping the 11-year-old girl at a March 26 omnibus hearing, but may have used a plea bargain to lower his charge of first-degree child molestation — a felony — into a fourth degree assault charge, which is a gross misdemeanor.
Beseda was sentenced March 26 at the hearing to 60 days in jail for the assault charge, but at that point he was able to walk free because he had accrued 40 days of jail time before the hearing and he had earned 20 days’ worth of good conduct time that cut his stint in jail by one-third, court records show.
Such “good time” days commonly reduce the actual length of time offenders stay incarcerated.
In January, Beseda approached the girl while she waited for her dad to come out of the restroom. Beseda offered to buy a bottle of alcohol she was holding while her dad was in the restroom but while he talked with the girl he also rubbed her thigh and buttocks, according to court paperwork.
As he walked away, the man was “adjusting or touching his genital area in a manner consistent with sexual arousal,” the paperwork states.
It is perceived Beseda, who lived on Maple Avenue, skipped town when stories of the incident hit the press. Police found him sleeping in a Pierce County parking lot in his parents’ 1999 Mercury
Beseda became a key figure for the anti-abortion movement after he firebombed an Everett abortion clinic in the early 1980s.
After the arson incident, Beseda was sentenced to a 20-year jail term, in which he was released after 12 years and then put back in prison for a parole violation for another seven years.
He was released from prison in 2003, but within two years he racked up an attempted arson charge and two trespassing-related charges in Snohomish County.
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