San Diego sex offender arrested in Seattle

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David Richard Weller Weller was wanted by the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force for failing to register as a sex offender.

SAN DIEGO — A 52-year-old sex offender wanted in San Diego was arrested in Seattle after his landlord began suspecting that he was trying to prey on teenage girls.

David Richard Weller’s landlord in Seattle told police he became suspicious after hearing from friends that his tenant, who was living in a trailer on the property, had allegedly been trying to lure teen girls into his truck, according to a Seattle Police Department statement. The landlord later searched an online sex offender registry and found out that Weller had been wanted in San Diego for two years.

Weller was wanted by the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force for failing to register as a sex offender and violating parole stemming from a conviction for possessing child pornography, according to San Diego County Crime Stoppers. His rap sheet also included possession of a loaded firearm in public, felony hit and run and obstructing police.

Weller, then a transient, was initially pulled over because he had a traffic warrant and was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography after picking up illicit DVDs at a post office in Ontario in August 2011, The Los Angeles Times reported. Two loaded guns and instructions on how to seduce and sexually assault a child were found in his SUV, according to the Times.

Seattle police took Weller into custody Tuesday afternoon. A cell phone later found in his truck was flashing a screen message of “kids only,” police said. He’s since been booked into the King County Jail and has waived extradition, according to police and online jail records.

Seattle police said they were now working with local authorities to further investigate.

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