A convicted sex offender who spent 20 years on the lam was busted in Alabama — the place he’d been working at a church for a decade, authorities stated.
Larry Albert Flake, 75, was nabbed Friday in Birmingham, the place FBI officers stated he was dwelling below an assumed identify, Larry White, and was identified to locals as Rev. White, FBI spokesman Paul Daymond told AL.com.
Officials at the Evergreen True House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church informed the outlet Flake was a minister of music and never a pastor.
Flake, who was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Indiana in 2001, had served at the church for the final 10 years, leaving others clueless about his previous, WBRC reported.
Pastor Willie Perry informed the station he realized Flake’s actual identification over the weekend following his arrest at a house close to the church. Perry stated wasn’t near Flake, who saved to himself.
“It was heart-wrenching,” Perry stated. “I mean, you couldn’t imagine the horror of waking up and finding out that someone had this kind of checkered past. When you are on the run, you limit as to what people know about you.”
Court data obtained by AL.com present Flake was convicted of attacking a 15-year-old woman in Richmond, Indiana, in 1999 as she left her residence to go to some mates.
Flake grabbed the woman and compelled her into his automotive, the place cops stated he raped the woman, who later picked him out of a photograph lineup, AL.com reported.
Flake later failed to seem at trial and had been a fugitive since August 2001. A jury convicted him of sexual misconduct, a felony, however a mistrial was declared on the rape depend. He was finally sentenced to 25 years in jail, the web site reported.
“Without the new lead and the collaboration with the FBI Indianapolis and Birmingham field offices as well as the Birmingham Police Department, Larry Flake would not have been captured, which gives closure to this 20-year-old case,” Capt. Curt Leverton stated.
Flake will probably be extradited to Indiana, Richmond police stated.
Perry, in the meantime, stated he employed Flake after getting references from at least two church buildings, however will ramp up background checks after the startling arrest.
“Trust but verify,” Perry stated. “I apologize to this body of Christ and this congregation. It should not have happened. No minister should have to deal with that. You had somebody in the midst of your congregation that had no character at all.”