Brother Frederick McClean, aka Rick McClain was a member of the congregation in Vista and Oceanside, CA during the last 25 years. He's on the loose at this moment with the newscasts here in San Diego showing his mug all last night and today still. Write ups in this morning's San Diego Union Tribune and North County Times.
Man sought in 8 child molestation cases
Law enforcement asks public's help
By Pauline Repard
April 22, 2005
Authorities are looking for a fugitive suspected in eight child molestation cases covering 20 years in North County and Riverside County.
Frederick McClean, 54, was described as a sexual predator who knows the law is after him and has nothing to lose.
"Those kind are the most dangerous," said Brian Lucio, spokesman for the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force. "He'll do anything to get away."
A warrant for McClean's arrest was issued in January based on a Sheriff's Department investigation. Lucio said the task force has been unable to find McClean and now is turning to the public for help.
Investigators believe McClean may be hiding in North County or south Riverside County, Lucio said.
In May, a woman reported to Riverside County sheriff's deputies that McClean had molested her more than 100 times when she was 5 to 12 years old, Lucio said. McClean, who is married and has children, lived in Winchester, north of Temecula, at the time.
An investigation revealed seven other alleged victims, most of them from North County, Lucio said. The case was turned over to San Diego sheriff's detectives.
McClean knows a warrant was issued for his arrest and told family and friends that he would rather die than go to jail. He asked one person to buy him a gun, and, though that person refused, authorities assume McClean has obtained one some other way, Lucio said.
Lucio said investigators fear McClean will continue to find child victims while he is on the run.
"Predators like this don't stop just because a warrant was issued," Lucio said. "He finds families and establishes a trusting relationship. He takes on the role that if they (children) have any problems to come to him."
McClean once owned a race-car restoration business, specializing in Lola chassis Can-Am racing cars from the 1960s and 1970s. He is an experienced outdoorsman who has frequented the Anza-Borrego desert and Cuyamaca Mountains, Lucio said.
McClean may be driving a small, dark pickup and may have a 1955 Chevrolet with California license 4WQH018.
Anyone with information about McClean is asked to call Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Maranda at (619) 557-6620, ext. 240.