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Sheriff tracks down sex offender

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Man nabbed lunching at local eatery

By Carol A. Clark

The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation that led to Wednesday’s noon capture of a convicted sex offender who’s been living in the 2000 block of 34th Street for several months.
The Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service and local police participated in the arrest of Bruce Crousser, 44, a convicted sex offender from Missouri.
Crousser was apprehended at a Trinity Drive diner about to have lunch with a woman. He failed to register as a sex offender as required by law, according to officials.
“Court records show Mr. Crousser was convicted of several sex crimes, some of which involved minor children,” Lucero said. “He’s been working for a contractor doing business in the local area.”
Crousser was court-martialed in the U.S. Army in 2001 and served three years in the bureau of prisons, which is part of the federal military prison system. Crousser first registered as a sex offender in 2003 in the state of Oregon and last registered there in 2009.
Since then, he has been on the move in an apparent attempt the avoid law enforcement, Lucero said, adding that a detective in Oregon told him Crousser might be in the local area.


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